Competition and Cooperation in Mutual Fund Families
73 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 2, 2019
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
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