Good Stewards, Cheap Talkers, or Family Men? The Impact of Mutual Fund Closures on Fund Managers, Flows, Fees, and Performance

34 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2005

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Arturo Bris

IMD International; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Yale University - International Center for Finance

Huseyin Gulen

Purdue University - Krannert School of Management

Padma Kadiyala

Pace University - Lubin School of Business

P. Raghavendra Rau

University of Cambridge

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Date Written: April 2006

Abstract

We examine a sample of 125 equity mutual funds that closed to new investment between 1993 and 2004. We find that funds close following a period of superior performance and abnormal fund inflows. Fund managers raise their fees when they close to compensate managers for losses in income due to the restrictions in size imposed by the fund closure decision. Managers reopen when fund size declines. However, they do not earn superior returns after re-opening, suggesting that the fund closure decision does not provide information about superior fund managers.

Keywords: Mutual funds, Fund flows, Fund size, Fund returns, Fund manager performance

Suggested Citation

Bris, Arturo and Gulen, Huseyin and Kadiyala, Padma and Rau, P. Raghavendra, Good Stewards, Cheap Talkers, or Family Men? The Impact of Mutual Fund Closures on Fund Managers, Flows, Fees, and Performance (April 2006). EFA 2005 Moscow Meetings; Yale SOM Working Paper No. 03-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=870531

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Padma Kadiyala

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P. Raghavendra Rau

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