University of Iowa Working Paper
40 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2001
Date Written: November 2001
Sector funds have grown into a nearly quarter-trillion dollar industry. This paper analyzes the performance of 607 actively managed stock sector funds listed on the CRSP Survivor-Bias Free US Mutual Fund Database during 1990-2000. We use a five-factor model and a portfolio regression technique to control for the look-ahead bias in performance measurement. We document three main results. First, sector funds as a group neither outperform nor underperform their benchmarks. Second, there is no evidence of persistence in sector fund performance. Third, sector fund investors as a group do not possess the ability to pick the winning sector funds or the winning sectors of the stock market.
Keywords: Sector funds, Sector rotation/timing, Fund Selection Ability, Performance Persistence
JEL Classification: G12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Vijh, Anand M. and Tiwari, Ashish, Sector Fund Performance (November 2001). University of Iowa Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=293979 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.293979