Mutual Fund Trading and ESG Stock Resilience During the Covid-19 Stock Market Crash

68 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2021 Last revised: 29 Mar 2022

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Rui A. Albuquerque

Boston College, Carroll School of Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Yrjo Koskinen

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Raffaele Santioni

Bank of Italy

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Date Written: August 2021

Abstract

Using proprietary monthly holdings data from Morningstar, we show that Envi- ronmental, Social, and Governance funds' trading during the COVID-19 market crash was consistent with catering to their clientele. Thus, ESG funds helped to stabilize the market for ESG stocks, but interestingly non-ESG funds did that as well. First, all funds experiencing inflows helped to stabilize the market during the crash by increasing net purchases per dollar of inflows. This behavior was more pronounced for ESG funds. Second, non-ESG funds experiencing outflows increased their net sales per dollar of outflow for non-ESG stocks, tilting their portfolios towards ESG stocks.

Keywords: clienteleeâ?µects, Environmentalandsocialresponsibility, Fund flows, investor horizon, Stock Market Crash

JEL Classification: G01, G12, G23, G32, M14

Suggested Citation

Albuquerque, Rui A. and Koskinen, Yrjo J and Santioni, Raffaele, Mutual Fund Trading and ESG Stock Resilience During the Covid-19 Stock Market Crash (August 2021). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP16477, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3928774

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