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July 15, 2021

Competition and cooperation in mutual fund families

Abstract

Using manager compensation disclosure and intra-family manager cooperation measures, we create indices of family-level competitive/cooperative incentives. Families that encourage cooperation among their managers are more likely to engage in coordinated behavior (e.g., cross-trading and cross-holding) and have less volatile cash flows. Families with competitive incentives generate higher performing funds, a higher fraction of “star” funds, but greater performance dispersion across funds. In examining the determinants of incentive schemes, competitive families are more likely to manage institutional money, and cooperative families are more likely to distribute through brokers, consistent with retail demand for nonperformance characteristics.

A research by Richard Evans, Melissa Porras Prado, Rafael Zambrana

Published in the Journal of Financial Economics, this research paper can be accessed here

Melissa Prado

Melissa Prado

Associate Professor of Finance at Nova SBE | NOVO BANCO Entrepreneurship & Technology Chair

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