Leveling the Playing field? the Effect of Disclosing Fund Manager Activeness to Individual Investors

71 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2022 Last revised: 8 Apr 2022

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Dominik Scheld

Philipps-University Marburg

Oscar Anselm Stolper

University of Marburg | Behavioral Finance Research Group

Andreas Walter

University of Giessen - Department of Financial Services

Date Written: March 4, 2022

Abstract

As of April 2018, several of the largest U.S. mutual fund firms have been constrained to disclose a measure of fund manager activeness to retail investors. We evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention. We find that, even for those funds with a large overlap of holdings with the benchmark, no measurable effort to increase management activeness can be observed subsequent to the imposed disclosure. By contrast, investors strongly respond to the intervention. However, an analysis of investor reaction suggests that they do not rationally trade on the newly available information. We discuss our results and propose potential disclosure improvements.

Keywords: Mutual fund manager activeness, investor protection, disclosure effectiveness, regulation, retail finance

JEL Classification: D12, D18, G18, G41

Suggested Citation

Scheld, Dominik and Stolper, Oscar Anselm and Walter, Andreas, Leveling the Playing field? the Effect of Disclosing Fund Manager Activeness to Individual Investors (March 4, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4049792 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4049792

Dominik Scheld (Contact Author)

Philipps-University Marburg ( email )

Gutenbergstr. 18
Marburg, 35032
Germany

Oscar Anselm Stolper

University of Marburg | Behavioral Finance Research Group ( email )

Am Plan 1
Marburg, 35032
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/fb02/professuren/bwl/behavioralfinance

Andreas Walter

University of Giessen - Department of Financial Services ( email )

Betriebswirtschaftslehre V
Giessen, 35394
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/fb02/fb/professuren/bwl/walter

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