The relation between fees and return predictability in the mutual fund industry
2015 (English)In: Economic Modelling, ISSN 0264-9993, E-ISSN 1873-6122, Vol. 47, 260-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We propose and test a methodological framework to examine the relation between mutual fund fees and return predictability. Gil-Bazo and Ruiz-Verdu (2009) drew attention to the puzzling fact that funds with worse before-fee performance charge higher fees. We make another contribution to the literature about the market for equity mutual funds: we find strong evidence of predictability for mutual fund fees. Funds with both positive and negative relations with fees show strong evidence of negative return predictability for their fees. Our findings are robust to alternative estimation methods and under the assumption of conditionally heteroskedastic stock returns. Our results also show that conditioning information (e.g. dividend yield, t-bill yield, default spread and term spread) are useful in selecting funds with superior performance and are valuable for asset allocation decisions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 47, 260-270 p.
Mutual fund performance; Mutual fund fees; Return predictability; Investors performance sensitivity
Probability Theory and Statistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120286DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2015.02.036ISI: 000357139400030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120286DiVA: diva2:843012