Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

35 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2016 Last revised: 11 Nov 2016

Itzhak Ben-David

Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business, Finance Department; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Francesco A. Franzoni

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano; Swiss Finance Institute

Rabih Moussawi

Villanova University - Department of Finance; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

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Date Written: October 1, 2016

Abstract

Over two decades, ETFs have become one of the most popular investment vehicle among retail and professional investors due to their low transaction costs and high liquidity, taking market share from traditional investment vehicles such as mutual funds and index futures. Research has shown that in addition to the benefits of enhanced price discovery, ETFs add noise to the market: prices of underlying securities have higher volatility, greater price reversals, and higher correlation with the index. Arbitrage activity is a necessary component in minimizing the price discrepancy between ETFs and the underlying securities. During turbulent market episodes, however, arbitrage is limited and ETF prices diverge from those of the underlying securities.

Keywords: ETFs, Mutual Funds, Investment Managers, Volatility, Arbitrage, Fund Flows

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

Ben-David, Itzhak and Franzoni, Francesco A. and Moussawi, Rabih, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) (October 1, 2016). Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2016-22; Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2016-03-022; Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 16-64. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2865734

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Francesco A. Franzoni

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano ( email )

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Swiss Finance Institute

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Rabih Moussawi

Villanova University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Villanova, PA 19085
United States

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

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