Mutual Fund's R2 as Predictor of Performance
New York University - Stern School of Business
McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management
October 23, 2012
Forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies
We propose that fund performance can be predicted by its R2, obtained from a regression of its returns on a multi-factor benchmark model. Lower R2 indicates greater selectivity and it significantly predicts better performance. Stock funds sorted into lowest-quintile lagged R2 and highest-quintile lagged alpha produce significant annual alpha of 3.8%. Across funds, R2 is positively associated with fund size and negatively associated with its expenses and manager’s tenure.
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Date posted: December 24, 2008 ; Last revised: November 10, 2012