Mutual Fund Flows, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability

57 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2016

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Ayelen Banegas

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Gabriel Montes-Rojas

City University of London

Lucas Siga

New York University (NYU) - Abu Dhabi

Date Written: June 16, 2016

Abstract

We study the links between monetary policy and mutual fund flows, and the potential risks to financial stability that might arise from such flows, using data over the 2000-14 period. We find that monetary policy can have a direct influence on the allocation decisions of mutual fund investors. In particular, we show that monetary policy shocks explain mutual fund flow dynamics and that the effect of these shocks differs by investment strategy. Results suggest that positive shocks to the path of monetary policy (unexpected tightening) are associated with persistent outflows from bond mutual funds. Conversely, a tighter-than-expected monetary policy path will cause net inflows into equity funds. In an industry that "mutualizes" redemption costs and where many funds may engage in liquidity transformation, our flow-performance analysis provides evidence of the potential existence of a first-mover advantage in less liquid segments of the market.

Keywords: Mutual fund flows, monetary policy, first-mover advantage

JEL Classification: G20, G23, E52

Suggested Citation

Banegas, Ayelen and Montes-Rojas, Gabriel and Siga, Lucas, Mutual Fund Flows, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability (June 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2799734 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2799734

Ayelen Banegas (Contact Author)

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Gabriel Montes-Rojas

City University of London ( email )

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Lucas Siga

New York University (NYU) - Abu Dhabi ( email )

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Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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