Preferences for Stock Characteristics as Revealed by Mutual Fund Portfolio Holdings

J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 51 No. 1, March 1996

Posted: 19 Jun 1998

Abstract

This investigation of the cross-section of mutual fund equity holdings for the years 1991 and 1992 shows that mutual funds have a significant preference towards firms with high visibility and low transaction costs, and are averse to stocks with low idiosyncratic volatility. These findings are relevant to theories concerning investor recognition, a potential agency problem in mutual funds, tests of trend-following and herd behavior by mutual funds, and corporate finance.

JEL Classification: G30

Suggested Citation

Falkenstein, Eric G., Preferences for Stock Characteristics as Revealed by Mutual Fund Portfolio Holdings. J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 51 No. 1, March 1996, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=7418

Eric G. Falkenstein (Contact Author)

Pine River Capital Management ( email )

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