The Performance of Market-Timing Strategies of Italian Mutual Fund Investors
15 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2015 Last revised: 16 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 16, 2017
In this paper we show that simple buy-and-hold strategies over-perform market-timing strategies effectively used by Italian investors in equity mutual funds. We estimate returns from market-timing strategies using aggregate data on net flows for a large sample of equity mutual funds, available to Italian investors, that buy stocks in the following markets: Europe and the euro area, the United States, and Emerging markets. In all cases, buy-and-hold over-performs market-timing with extra returns that go from 0.24% per quarter (Europe and euro area) to 0.87% per quarter (US market). These differences are not explained by differences in risk and risk exposure. Investors should re-consider their investment strategies and choose cheaper, in terms of fees, and simpler, in terms of portfolio allocation, passive strategies.
Keywords: mutual funds, market-timing, buy-and-hold, passive investment
JEL Classification: G11, G12
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