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Investor Sentiment in Japanese and U.S. Daily Mutual Fund Flows

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Stephen J. Brown

New York University - Stern School of Business

William N. Goetzmann

Yale School of Management - International Center for Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Takato Hiraki

Tokyo University of Science - School of Management

Noriyoshi Shiraishi

Rikkyo University - School of Social Relations

Masahiro Watanabe

University of Alberta - School of Business; University of Alberta - Department of Finance and Statistical Analysis

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Date Written: March 2002

Abstract

We find evidence that is consistent with the hypothesis that daily mutual fund flows may be instruments for investor sentiment about the stock market. We use this finding to construct a new index of investor sentiment, and validate this index using data from both the United States and Japan. In both markets exposure to this factor is priced, and in the Japanese case, we document evidence of negative correlations between â¬SBullâ¬? and â¬SBearâ¬? domestic funds. The flows to bear foreign funds in Japan display some evidence of negative correlation to domestic and foreign equity funds, suggesting that there is a foreign vs. domestic sentiment factor in Japan that does not appear in the contemporaneous U.S. data. By contrast, U.S.mutual fund investors appear to regard domestic and foreign equity mutual funds aseconomic substitutes.

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Brown, Stephen J. and Goetzmann, William N. and Hiraki, Takato and Shiraishi, Noriyoshi and Watanabe, Masahiro, Investor Sentiment in Japanese and U.S. Daily Mutual Fund Flows (March 2002). NYU Working Paper No. FIN-02-011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294180

Stephen J. Brown

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Noriyoshi Shiraishi

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Masahiro Watanabe

University of Alberta - School of Business ( email )

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