The Rise and Fall of Portfolio Pumping Among U.S. Mutual Funds
45 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2009 Last revised: 28 Jul 2016
Date Written: July 26, 2016
Fund managers have incentives to inflate their quarterly performance by aggressively buying stocks they already own. Using intraday measures of pumping we document that sharply increased regulatory attention in late 2000 and improved market liquidity following the implementation of Regulation NMS in 2007 are associated with fewer last-minute purchases by institutions, lower price spikes in mutual fund NAVs, and a weakened link between fund holdings and stock return reversals at period ends. Our findings suggest that portfolio pumping among U.S. mutual funds was widespread until regulatory scrutiny and heightened competition drastically diminished its prevalence.
Keywords: mutual funds, delegated portfolio management, portfolio pumping, regulation, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Regulation NMS
JEL Classification: G18, G23, G28, K22
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