The Economics of Mutual-Fund Brokerage: Evidence from the Cross Section of Investment Channels
37 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2005 Last revised: 11 Dec 2011
Date Written: December 20, 2005
Retail investors often lack investment expertise. Mutual-fund brokers can help, but their incentives are mixed so it is an empirical question what value they add, both for consumers and for fund families. Investors pay more to invest through unaffiliated brokers than captive brokers, and while unaffiliated brokers add more value to redemptions, captive brokers add more value to inflows. No-load investors are less likely to sell their poor-performing funds and more likely to sell their winning funds, consistent with a disposition effect. Fund families benefit from a captive salesforce through recapture of redemptions, but also suffer through cannibalization of inflows.
Keywords: Mutual Fund, Financial Intermediary, Brokers
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