Preferences for Stock Characteristics as Revealed by Mutual Fund Portfolio Holdings
J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 51 No. 1, March 1996
Posted: 19 Jun 1998
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
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