Behavioral Biases of Mutual Fund Investors

69 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2008 Last revised: 19 Jul 2010

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Warren Bailey

Cornell University; Fudan University - Fanhai International School of Finance and China Institute of Economics and Finance

Alok Kumar

University of Miami - School of Business Administration

David T. Ng

Johnson College of Business

Date Written: July 16, 2010

Abstract

We examine the effect of behavioral biases on the mutual fund choices of a large sample of U.S. discount brokerage investors using new measures of attention to news, tax awareness, and fund-level familiarity bias, in addition to behavioral and demographic characteristics of earlier studies. Behaviorally-biased investors typically make poor decisions about fund style and expenses, trading frequency, and timing, resulting in poor performance. Furthermore, trend-chasing appears related to behavioral biases, rather than to rationally inferring managerial skill from past performance. Factor analysis suggests that biased investors often conform to stereotypes that can be characterized as “gambler”, “smart”, “overconfident”, “narrow-framer”, and “mature”.

Keywords: Individual investors, behavioral biases, disposition effect, narrow framing, mutual fund investments

JEL Classification: G11, G14

Suggested Citation

Bailey, Warren B. and Kumar, Alok and Ng, David T., Behavioral Biases of Mutual Fund Investors (July 16, 2010). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming; AFA 2009 San Francisco Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1108163

Warren B. Bailey

Cornell University ( email )

S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management
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United States
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HOME PAGE: http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/wbb1/

Fudan University - Fanhai International School of Finance and China Institute of Economics and Finance ( email )

China

Alok Kumar

University of Miami - School of Business Administration ( email )

514 Jenkins Building
Department of Finance
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6552
United States
305-284-1882 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://moya.bus.miami.edu/~akumar

David T. Ng (Contact Author)

Johnson College of Business ( email )

301G Warren Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850-1967
United States
6072550145 (Phone)

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