Tomorrow Is Another Day: Stocks Overweighted by Active Mutual Funds Predict the Next-Day Market
65 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2021 Last revised: 4 May 2022
Date Written: August 14, 2021
We show that active mutual fund managers effectively incorporate information about future short-term market movements into security prices. Specifically, when high active-mutual-fund ownership stocks outperform, the market tends to do well the next day, and vice-versa. These effects are modest day by day but are quite large in the aggregate - trading the S&P 500 futures daily based on the strategy delivers an average annual return over 15% with a Sharpe ratio over 0.9. The same findings are also present in other major equity markets all around the world. Various additional tests further suggest that the novel short-term market return predictability results from active mutual fund managers' collective information advantage about future market movements, as opposed to informed fund flows or temporary price pressure.
Keywords: Market Predictability, Active Mutual Funds, Market Efficiency
JEL Classification: G10, G14, G17, G23
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