Time-Varying Fund Manager Skill

43 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2012

See all articles by Marcin T. Kacperczyk

Marcin T. Kacperczyk

Imperial College London - Accounting, Finance, and Macroeconomics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh

Columbia University Graduate School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); ABFER

Laura Veldkamp

Columbia University - Columbia Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

How to evaluate a fund manager’s skill is a central question in empirical finance. Prior literature has defined skill as an ability to either pick stocks or time the market, at all times. We propose a new definition of skill as a general cognitive ability used in different ways at different times. We find evidence for stock picking in booms and for market timing in recessions. Moreover, the same fund managers that pick stocks well in expansions also time the market well in recessions. These fund managers significantly outperform other funds and passive benchmarks. Our results suggest a new metric of managerial ability that can be constructed in real time and can predict fund performance. The metric gives more weight to a fund’s market timing in recessions and to a fund’s stock picking in booms, and it displays far more persistence than either market timing or stock picking alone.

Keywords: BUSINESS CYCLE, MUTUAL FUNDS, SKILLS

JEL Classification: G00, G11, G2

Suggested Citation

Kacperczyk, Marcin T. and Van Nieuwerburgh, Stijn and Veldkamp, Laura, Time-Varying Fund Manager Skill (July 2012). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9025, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153457

Marcin T. Kacperczyk (Contact Author)

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Laura Veldkamp

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