On the Use of Multifactor Models to Evaluate Mutual Fund Performance

Financial Management, Spring 2009

Posted: 23 Nov 2007 Last revised: 6 May 2009

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Joop Huij

Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management; Robeco; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Marno Verbeek

Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Netspar

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Abstract

We show that multifactor performance estimates for mutual funds suffer from systematic biases, and argue that these biases are a result of miscalculating the factor premiums. Because the factor proxies are based on hypothetical stock portfolios and do not incorporate transaction costs, trade impact, and trading restrictions, the factor premiums are either over- or underestimated. We argue that factor proxies based on mutual fund returns rather than stock returns provide better benchmarks to evaluate professional money managers.

Keywords: mutual fund performance, model misspecification, value premium, momentum premium

JEL Classification: G11, G14, G19

Suggested Citation

Huij, Joop and Verbeek, Marno, On the Use of Multifactor Models to Evaluate Mutual Fund Performance. Financial Management, Spring 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1031843

Joop Huij (Contact Author)

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Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Netherlands

Marno Verbeek

Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management ( email )

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