Live Prices and Stale Quantities: T+1 Accounting and Mutual Fund Mispricing

56 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2006

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Peter Tufano

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Michael Quinn

Analysis Group, Inc.

Ryan Taliaferro

Acadian Asset Management

Date Written: November 8, 2006

Abstract

In this paper, we examine a little known aspect of mutual fund accounting, whereby funds do not use contemporaneous fund holdings to calculate net asset values. This practice, sanctioned under SEC Rule 2a-4, uses stale portfolio holdings and gives rise to deviations between reported net asset values (NAVs) and returns and the economic values of those quantities. Using both simulations and a new sample of fund transaction data, we establish that distortions in both NAVs and returns are fairly common, and we discuss the implications of this observation for fund practice and regulation.

Keywords: Mutual Funds, Net Asset Value, Daily Returns, Financial Institutions, Regulation, NAV

JEL Classification: G18, G23, M42

Suggested Citation

Tufano, Peter and Quinn, Michael and Taliaferro, Ryan, Live Prices and Stale Quantities: T+1 Accounting and Mutual Fund Mispricing (November 8, 2006). HBS Finance Working Paper No. 881615, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=881615 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.881615

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