Return Persistence and Fund Flows in the Worst Performing Mutual Funds

27 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2007 Last revised: 20 Feb 2021

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Jonathan Berk

Stanford Graduate School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ian Tonks

University of Bristol

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

We document that the observed persistence amongst the worst performing actively managed mutual funds is attributable to funds that have performed poorly both in the current and prior year. We demonstrate that this persistence results from an unwillingness of investors in these funds to respond to bad performance by withdrawing their capital. In contrast, funds that only performed poorly in the current year have a significantly larger (out)flow of funds/return sensitivity and consequently show no evidence of persistence in their returns.

Suggested Citation

Berk, Jonathan B. and Tonks, Ian, Return Persistence and Fund Flows in the Worst Performing Mutual Funds (April 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w13042, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=980430

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Ian Tonks

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