Investor-Stock Decoupling in Mutual Funds
Management Science Forthcoming
57 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2018
Date Written: September 1, 2016
We investigate whether mutual funds whose investors and stocks are decoupled (i.e., investor location does not coincide with that of the stock holdings) benefit from a natural hedge as they have fewer outflows during market downturns and fewer inflows during upturns. Using a sample of equity mutual funds from 26 countries, we find that funds with higher investor-stock decoupling exhibit higher performance and this is more pronounced during the 2007-2008 financial crisis. We also find that decoupling allows fund managers to take less risk, be more active, and tilt their portfolios toward smaller and less liquid stocks.
Keywords: Mutual funds, Performance, Fund flows, Risk taking, Limits to arbitrage
JEL Classification: G30, G23
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