UK Mutual Fund Performance Persistence with Active Peer Benchmarks
35 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2017
We assess UK mutual fund performance from a perspective of a peer-group, applying a novel approach suggested in Hunter et al. (2014). Our sample comprises of 817 UK long-only active equity mutual funds allocated to nine Morningstar style category peer-groups in the period 1992-2016. Overall, we find that those funds with most significant positive peer-group adjusted alphas continue to perform well one-year-ahead, using both parametric and non-parametric measures of persistence in performance. Further, a small increase in significance of peer-group adjusted alphas significantly improves the probability that a fund will be placed in the top quartile in the following period. Finally, we document that persistence in performance is driven by both winner and loser funds. The results within each peer group by and large conform to these findings.
Keywords: UK Equity Mutual Funds, Active Peer Benchmark, Performance ranking, Performance persistence
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G23
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