Competition and Cooperation in Mutual Fund Families

73 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2019

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Richard B. Evans

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Melissa Porras Prado

Nova School of Business and Economics

Rafael Zambrana

University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business

Date Written: April 2, 2019

Abstract

Using manager compensation disclosure and intra-family manager cooperation measures, we create indices of family-level competitive/cooperative incentives. Families that encourage cooperation among their managers are more likely to engage in coordinated behavior (e.g., cross-trading, cross-holding) and have less volatile cash flows. Families with competitive incentives generate higher performing funds, a higher fraction of "star" funds, but greater performance dispersion across funds. In examining the determinants of incentive schemes, competitive families are more likely to manage institutional money, and cooperative families are more likely to distribute through brokers, consistent with retail demand for nonperformance characteristics.

Keywords: Mutual fund, manager, compensation, incentives, competition, cooperation, cross-holding, performance, cross-subsidization, internal capital markets

JEL Classification: G11, G23, J33, J44, L22, L25, L84, M12, M52

Suggested Citation

Evans, Richard B. and Porras Prado, Melissa and Zambrana, Rafael, Competition and Cooperation in Mutual Fund Families (April 2, 2019). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2986304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2986304

Richard B. Evans

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Melissa Porras Prado

Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
Lisbon, 1099-032
Portugal

Rafael Zambrana (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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