The Relation between Fees and Return Predictability in the Mutual Fund Industry
38 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2013 Last revised: 26 Sep 2018
Date Written: February 1, 2015
We propose and test a methodological framework to examine the relation between mutual fund fees and return predictability. Gil-Bazo and Ruiz-Verdu (2009) drew attention to the puzzling fact that funds with worse before-fee performance charge higher fees. We make another contribution to the literature about the market for equity mutual funds: we find strong evidence of predictability for mutual fund fees. Funds with both, a positive and a negative relation with fees show a strong evidence of negative return predictability for their fees. Our findings are robust to alternative estimation methods and under the assumption of conditionally heteroskedastic stock returns. Our results also show that conditioning information (e.g. dividend yield, t-bill yield, default spread and term spread) are useful in selecting funds with superior performance and valuable for asset allocation decisions.
Keywords: Mutual Fund Performance; Mutual Fund Fees; Return Predictability; Investor´s Performance
JEL Classification: G10, G11, G23
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation