Vulnerable Asset Management? The Case of Mutual Funds

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Christoph Fricke

European Systemic Risk Board; Deutsche Bundesbank

Daniel Fricke

Deutsche Bundesbank; University College London; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Systemic Risk Centre

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Date Written: May 16, 2017

Abstract

Is the asset management sector a source of financial instability? This paper develops a macroprudential stress test model which enables the quanti fication of systemic vulnerabilities due to fi re sales in this sector. The model incorporates the flow-performance relationship as an additional funding shock in the model of Greenwood, Landier, and Thesmar (2015). Using data on US equity mutual funds for the period 2003-14, we quantify both fund-specifi c and system-wide (aggregate) vulnerabilities to fi re sales over time. Our main finding is that the aggregate vulnerability, according to this propagation mechanism, is relatively small in comparison with values reported for banks. However, during periods of low market liquidity, the vulnerability of the system can become signi ficant. Our paper also contributes to the ongoing discussion on the SIFI designation of Non-Bank Non-Insurer entities. For this purpose, we explore the determinants of individual funds' vulnerability to systemic asset liquidations, highlighting the importance of size and portfolio illiquidity. Therefore, regulators should monitor structural vulnerabilities in the fund
sector arising through liquidity transformation.

Keywords: asset management, mutual funds, systemic risk, fire sales, liquidity

Suggested Citation

Fricke, Christoph and Fricke, Daniel, Vulnerable Asset Management? The Case of Mutual Funds (May 16, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2866301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2866301

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