Not Just One Bet: Portfolio Managers' Cross Fund Risk-Taking

61 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2021 Last revised: 21 Mar 2023

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Lina Han

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management

Date Written: November 20, 2021

Abstract

This paper documents that mutual fund managers who experience distress in one fund subsequently take on more risk in other funds they manage. Specifically, portfolio managers actively reallocate more stocks with higher systematic risk and lottery-like features in their linked funds. This increased risk-taking appears to be primarily motivated by managers' compensation contracts and is value-destroying for fund investors. The response to the distress shock is smaller for portfolio managers with long-term incentive compensation contracts, longer-tenured managers and female managers. These results highlight fund spillover effects through common portfolio managers and agency conflicts in the mutual fund industry.

Keywords: Portfolio managers, Mutual funds, Distress, Risk-taking

JEL Classification: G11, G23, G32

Suggested Citation

Han, Lina, Not Just One Bet: Portfolio Managers' Cross Fund Risk-Taking (November 20, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3731866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3731866

Lina Han (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management ( email )

Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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