The Mutual Fund Industry Worldwide: Explicit and Closet Indexing, Fees, and Performance
University of Notre Dame
Miguel A. Ferreira
Nova School of Business and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
Pedro P. Matos
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
Laura T. Starks
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance
February 13, 2013
We examine the causes and consequences of indexing for active management by equity mutual funds worldwide. Explicit indexing is rare in countries with weaker regulation and less liquid stock markets, but many actively managed funds engage in closet indexing. We find that funds are more active and charge lower fees when they face more competitive pressure from explicitly indexed funds. Moreover, truly active funds generate higher risk-adjusted net returns than closet indexers. Overall, we conclude that explicit indexing improves the levels of competition and efficiency of the mutual fund industry in a country.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 71
Keywords: Mutual funds, Active management, Index funds, Exchange-traded funds, Competition, Fees, Performance
JEL Classification: G15, G18, G23working papers series
Date posted: May 3, 2011 ; Last revised: February 20, 2013
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