Trading Efficiency of Fund Families: Impact on Fund Performance and Investment Behavior
EFA 2015 Vienna Meetings Paper
47 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2014 Last revised: 12 Jan 2016
Date Written: December 22, 2015
This study examines how the efficiency of trading desks operated by mutual fund families affects the performance and trading of affiliated funds. We estimate the trading efficiency of a fund family’s trading desk as the difference between the gross return of the family’s index fund, which incorporates trading costs, and the return of the underlying index, which does not incorporate trading costs, around index adjustment dates. By operating more efficient trading desks that help reduce trading costs, fund families improve the performance of their funds significantly and also enable their funds to trade more and hold less liquid portfolios.
Keywords: Mutual funds; fund families; trading efficiency; fund performance; investment behavior
JEL Classification: D23; G23; G24
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