Winners in the Spotlight: Media Coverage of Fund Holdings as a Driver of Flows
42 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2011 Last revised: 12 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 11, 2013
We show that media coverage of mutual fund holdings affects how investors allocate money across funds. Fund holdings with high past returns attract extra flows, but only if these stocks were recently featured in the media. In contrast, holdings that were not covered in major newspapers do not affect flows. We present evidence that media coverage tends to contribute to investors’ chasing of past returns rather than facilitate the processing of useful information in fund portfolios. Our evidence suggests that media coverage can exacerbate investor biases and that it is the primary mechanism that makes fund window dressing effective.
Keywords: media, attention, mutual funds, window-dressing
JEL Classification: G11, G14
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