Does Institutional Ownership Predict Mutual Fund Performance? An Examination of Undiscovered Holdings within 13(F) Reports
37 Pages Posted: 19 May 2020
Date Written: November 2019
We show that institutional ownership in equity mutual funds predicts fund performance. Our measure of institutional ownership in mutual funds is directly from institutions’ quarterly 13(f) filings so it provides a broader coverage of institutional investment in mutual funds than existing studies. Most institutions holding mutual funds are independent investment advisors and bank trusts who invest in mutual funds on behalf of their clients. Our results show that funds held by institutions perform better than funds not held by institutions for at least 3 years. Institutions’ informational advantage is the main driver of the outperformance of institution‐held funds.
Keywords: 13(f) filings, institutional investors, mutual‐fund performance, mutual funds
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