Comparing Performance Sensitivity of Retail and Institutional Mutual Funds’ Investment Flows
21 Pages Posted: 22 May 2017 Last revised: 3 Aug 2017
Date Written: December 31, 2016
In this paper, we examine and compare the form of the flow-performance relationship for U.S. retail and institutional mutual funds. We provide evidence that the convex form of the flow-performance function documented by previous research characterizes mostly the relationship in the upper region of the performance scale. In contrast, the flow-performance relationship for the low-performance region appears to be concave. Furthermore, we document that the observed convexity is more pronounced for retail funds, while the concavity can be mainly attributed to institutional funds.
Keywords: flow-performance relationship, institutional funds, retail funds, mutual fund flows, performance evaluation
JEL Classification: G02, G11, G23
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