Outsourcing in the International Mutual Fund Industry: An Equilibrium View

85 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2011 Last revised: 8 Oct 2014

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Oleg Chuprinin

UNSW; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Massimo Massa

INSEAD - Finance

David Schumacher

McGill University

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Date Written: September 1, 2014


We study outsourcing relationships among international asset management firms. We find that in companies that manage both outsourced and inhouse funds, inhouse funds outperform outsourced funds by 0.85% annually (57% of the expense ratio). We attribute this result to preferential treatment of inhouse funds via the preferential allocation of IPOs, trading opportunities and cross-trades, especially at times when inhouse funds face steep outflows and require liquidity. We explain preferential treatment with agency problems: it increases with the subcontractor’s market power and the difficulty of monitoring the subcontractor and decreases with the subcontractor’s amount of parallel inhouse activity.

Keywords: Mutual Funds, Performance, Outsourcing, International Markets

JEL Classification: G15, G23, G30, G32

Suggested Citation

Chuprinin, Oleg and Massa, Massimo and Schumacher, David, Outsourcing in the International Mutual Fund Industry: An Equilibrium View (September 1, 2014). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming; Paris December 2011 Finance Meeting EUROFIDAI - AFFI. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1943479 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1943479

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