Coskewness in Islamic, Socially Responsible and Conventional Mutual Funds: An Asset Pricing Test
International Journal of Business and Society, Vol. 18 S1, 2017, 23-44
22 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2017 Last revised: 9 Sep 2017
Date Written: March 31, 2017
Intuition suggests that constraint investment strategies will result in losses due to a limited portfolio allocation. Two types of constrained assets have been particularly growing over the last few decades: Islamic Mutual Funds and Socially Responsible Mutual Funds. Although research regarding the performance of these types of constrained investments has been performed, little attention has been given to their relative performance. In this paper we assess, and rank, the relative performance of Islamic, Socially Responsible, and conventional mutual funds from 11 Islamic markets and the United States by expanding the traditional mean-variance frontier to account for higher moments; constrained assets tend to be smaller and skewed in nature, thus violating the normality assumption under the mean-variance frontier. We find that controlling for skewness risk, by using an unconditional coskewness measure, has the power to improve asset pricing tests by expanding the mean-variance frontier specification. We find supporting evidence suggesting that Islamic mutual funds perform better than Socially Responsible Investing, which in turn outperform conventional mutual funds.
Keywords: Mutual Funds, Performance, Coskewness, Risk Factors, Risk Premia, Islamic Funds, SRI, Socially Responsible Investing, Ethical Investing, International Finance
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G15, G19
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