Managers, Investors, and Crises: Mutual Fund Strategies in Emerging Markets

Posted: 10 Dec 2004

See all articles by Graciela Kaminsky

Graciela Kaminsky

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); George Washington University - Department of Economics

Richard K. Lyons

University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sergio L. Schmukler

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Abstract

We examine the trading strategies of mutual funds in emerging markets. We develop a method for disentangling the behavior of fund managers from that of underlying investors. For both managers and investors, we strongly reject the null hypothesis of no momentum trading: mutual funds systematically sell losers and buy winners. Selling current losers and buying current winners is stronger during crises, and equally strong for managers and investors. Selling past losers and buying past winners is stronger for managers. Managers and investors also practice contagion trading - they sell (buy) assets from one country when asset prices fall (rise) in another.

Keywords: Mutual funds, managers, investors, trading strategies, emerging markets, momentum, feedback trading, crisis, contagion

JEL Classification: F3, G1, G2

Suggested Citation

Kaminsky, Graciela and Lyons, Richard K. and Schmukler, Sergio, Managers, Investors, and Crises: Mutual Fund Strategies in Emerging Markets. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 113-134, October 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=629246

Graciela Kaminsky

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