No Place Like Home: Familiarity in Mutual Fund Manager Portfolio Choice
50 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011 Last revised: 1 Mar 2018
Date Written: April 22, 2012
We show that familiarity affects the portfolio decisions of mutual fund managers. Controlling for fund location, funds overweight stocks from their managers' home states by 12% compared to their peers. In team-managed funds, home-state overweighting is 37% larger than the fund location effect. The home-state bias is stronger if the manager is inexperienced, is resource-constrained, or spent more time in his home state. Home-state stocks do not outperform other holdings, confrming that home-state investments are not informed. The overweighting also leads to excessively risky portfolios.
Keywords: Mutual Funds, familiarity bias, behavioral finance
JEL Classification: G11, G29
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