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

42 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2005

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Jose-Miguel Gaspar

ESSEC Business School

Massimo Massa

INSEAD - Finance

Pedro Matos

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

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Date Written: December 2004

Abstract

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) overperform at the expense of 'low value' funds. Such a performance gap is above the one existing between similar funds not affiliated with the same family. Better allocations of underpriced IPO deals and opposite trades across member funds partly explain why high value funds overperform. Our findings highlight how the family organization prevalent in the mutual fund industry generates distortions in delegated asset management.

Keywords: IPO, mutual funds

Suggested Citation

Gaspar, Jose-Miguel and Massa, Massimo and Matos, Pedro, Favoritism in Mutual Fund Families? Evidence on Strategic Cross-Fund Subsidization (December 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4788. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=694361

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