Low-Beta Investing with Mutual Funds
23 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2012 Last revised: 9 Apr 2015
Date Written: October 24, 2014
Contrary to the predictions of CAPM, empirical research has shown that investing in low-beta stocks can improve the mean-variance efficiency of an investor’s portfolio. Through forming portfolios of mutual funds based on beta, I examine whether or not mutual fund investors can capitalize on this puzzle. I find that one investing in a portfolio of funds in the top quintile of beta can improve her alpha by a statistically significant 2.9% to 4.9% a year, depending on the asset pricing model specification, by holding a portfolio of funds in the bottom quintile of beta instead.
Keywords: Mutual fund performance, low risk stocks, CAPM, market anomalies
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G23
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