Does Trading by ETF and Mutual Fund Investors Hurt Performance? Evidence from Time- and Dollar-Weighted Returns
25 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2018 Last revised: 25 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 5, 2018
This paper analyzes the “return gap” between dollar-weighted returns that account for intermediate investor flows (internal rate of return) and buy-and-hold returns that funds typically report. Our sample constitutes all US-domiciled open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and covers both fixed income and equity funds, as well as active and index styles of management. We find that return chasing behavior explains the cross-sectional pattern of the return gap. The high turnover of liquid ETFs does not lead to sub-par returns for investors in these funds.
Keywords: ETFs, Mutual Funds, Returns
JEL Classification: G10, G11
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