Favoritism in Mutual Fund Families? Evidence on Strategic Cross-Fund Subsidization

Posted: 26 Oct 2004

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Massimo Massa

INSEAD - Finance

Pedro Matos

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Jose-Miguel Gaspar

ESSEC Business School

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We investigate whether mutual fund families strategically transfer performance across member funds to favor those more likely to increase overall family profits. We find that 'High family value' funds (i.e. high fees or high past performers) over-perform at the expense of 'Low value' funds. Such performance gap is above the one existing between similar funds not affiliated to the same family. Better allocations of underpriced IPO deals and opposite trades across member funds explain partly why 'High value' funds over-perform. Our findings highlight how the family organization prevalent in the mutual fund industry generates distortions in delegated asset management.

Keywords: mutual funds, mutual fund families, family strategies, cross-trading, subsidization

JEL Classification: G20, G24, G23, G10

Suggested Citation

Massa, Massimo and Matos, Pedro and Gaspar, Jose-Miguel, Favoritism in Mutual Fund Families? Evidence on Strategic Cross-Fund Subsidization. Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=609123

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