The Origins of Mutual Funds
33 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2004
Date Written: December 12, 2004
Mutual funds emerged as early as the second half of the 18th century in The Netherlands. The paper traces the history of mutual funds from the development of securitization in the 17th century to the invention of depository receipts in the 19th century. The apparent motivation for organizing the first mutual funds was to provide diversification for small investors.
JEL Classification: G2, N2, N23
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