Holding Horizon: A New Measure of Active Investment Management

American Finance Association Meetings 2015 Paper

Asian Finance Association (AsianFA) 2018 Conference

77 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2014 Last revised: 26 Jun 2019

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Chunhua Lan

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Fabio Moneta

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Russ Wermers

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Date Written: June 1, 2019

Abstract

This paper proposes a new holding horizon (HH) measure of active management and examines the relation between horizon and manager skill. Our HH measure identifies, in the cross-section, funds with higher future long-term alphas, while reported turnover identifies, in the time-series, when a particular fund is likely to exhibit a higher short-run alpha. The superior long-term performance of long-horizon funds is due to their selection of stocks with strong long-run fundamentals. Moreover, stocks largely held by long-horizon funds outperform stocks largely held by short-horizon funds by 2.7%-3.5%$ per year, adjusted for risk, over the following five-year period.

Keywords: mutual funds, performance evaluation, investment horizons, selection skills

JEL Classification: G11, G23

Suggested Citation

Lan, Chunhua and Moneta, Fabio and Wermers, Russell R., Holding Horizon: A New Measure of Active Investment Management (June 1, 2019). American Finance Association Meetings 2015 Paper; Asian Finance Association (AsianFA) 2018 Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2517215 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2517215

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Russell R. Wermers

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