Did Behavioral Mutual Funds Exploit Market Inefficiencies During or after the Financial Crisis?
Multinational Finance Journal, 2014, vol. 18, no. 1/2, pp. 85-138
Posted: 20 Aug 2013 Last revised: 18 May 2015
Date Written: 2014
This study examines the performance of mutual funds that employ investment strategies based on the principles of behavioral finance, collectively known as “behavioral mutual funds”. A series of performance measures is employed in order to test whether behavioral mutual funds outperform the stock market, their benchmarks or passively managed index funds, using monthly data for the period January 2007-March 2013. Results from the full sample and subperiod analysis show that behavioral mutual funds actually exhibited poor performance, both during the recent financial crisis and in its aftermath, rejecting the conjecture that the crisis period would provide an ideal environment for their strategies to be profitable by exploiting market inefficiencies and investors' behavioral biases.
Keywords: Behavioral Mutual Funds, Financial Crisis, Market Inefficiencies, Performance Evaluation
JEL Classification: G15
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