Exploring Style Herding by Mutual Funds

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money

38 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Last revised: 21 Mar 2023

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Caterina Santi

University of Liège - HEC Liège

Remco C. J. Zwinkels

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute

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Date Written: April 21, 2023


We study intentional herding in investment styles by mutual funds, and its consequences. We find that style herding is significant and persistent. Herding tends to increase after periods of high market volatility and decrease with sentiment, consistent with the intentional character of herding. Furthermore, we find that herding is related to changes in market dynamics. Finally, we find that herding in certain styles tends to temporarily increase mutual funds' performance, whereas it reduces flows. Overall, the results illustrate that intentional herding in styles is prevalent and has important consequences for market dynamics, fund managers, and investors.

Keywords: herding, mutual funds, style investing, asset pricing

JEL Classification: C32, G12, G23

Suggested Citation

Santi, Caterina and Zwinkels, Remco C.J., Exploring Style Herding by Mutual Funds (April 21, 2023). Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2986059 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2986059

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