Heterogeneous Turnover-Performance Relations
51 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2021
Date Written: January 6, 2021
We document the heterogeneous effects of turnover on mutual fund performance, which help explain the weak cross-sectional turnover-performance relations reported in existing studies. For funds skilled in exploiting short-term investment opportunities, there is a positive empirical relation between turnover and performance. For unskilled funds, the relation turns negative. As a result, performance persistence is stronger among funds with higher turnover. Further, we find that the heterogeneous effects of turnover on performance are not driven by liquidity premium or trade execution skills, but rather due to substantial dispersion in short-term stock selection information.
Keywords: Mutual funds, Portfolio turnover, Performance persistence
JEL Classification: G23
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