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Adverse Information and Mutual Fund Runs

41 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2009 Last revised: 28 Aug 2011

Meijun Qian

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Business and Economics

Başak Tanyeri

Bilkent University

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Date Written: August 18, 2011


This paper is the first one to document that anticipation of adverse events can trigger runs in mutual funds. Using the event of the 2003 and 2004 litigations filed in the U.S. over market-timing and late-trading practices, we find that runs start as early as six months before litigation announcements. The pre-event runs are about half the size of runs that follow announcements, which is about 1% of total assets per month. In addition, investors who run before litigation announcements earn significantly higher risk- and peer-adjusted returns than those who run after because, as the return data on fund holdings show, because the former avoid fire-sale costs. In funds holding illiquid assets or funds incurring large outflows, the cumulative differences in abnormal returns can be as high as 6%. Hence, our analysis suggests that a pro-rata ownership design is not sufficient to prevent runs in mutual funds.

Keywords: Silent runs, adverse event, mutual fund flows, returns

JEL Classification: G23, G14

Suggested Citation

Qian, Meijun and Tanyeri, Başak, Adverse Information and Mutual Fund Runs (August 18, 2011). 24th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2011 Paper. Available at SSRN: or

Meijun Qian (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - College of Business and Economics ( email )


Başak Tanyeri

Bilkent University ( email )

06533 Bilkent, Ankara
903122901871 (Phone)


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