Cross-Sectional Learning and Short-Run Persistence in Mutual Fund Performance

Posted: 19 Dec 2006

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Marno Verbeek

Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); Netspar

Joop Huij

Erasmus University - Rotterdam School of Management; Robeco; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Abstract

Using monthly return data of more than 6400 US equity mutual funds we investigate short-run performance persistence over the period 1984-2003. We sort funds into rank portfolios based on past performance, and evaluate the portfolios' out-of-sample performance. To cope with short ranking periods, we employ an empirical Bayes approach to measure past performance more efficiently. Our main finding is that when funds are sorted into decile portfolios based on 12-month ranking periods, the top decile of funds earns a statistically significant, abnormal return of 0.26 percent per month. This effect persists beyond load fees, and is mainly concentrated in relatively young, small cap/growth funds.

Keywords: Mutual funds, Performance persistence, Bayesian analysis

Suggested Citation

Verbeek, Marno and Huij, Joop, Cross-Sectional Learning and Short-Run Persistence in Mutual Fund Performance. Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 31, pp. 973-997, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=952454

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