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Individual Investor Mutual-Fund Flows

Zoran Ivkovich, Scott Weisbenner

NBER Working Paper No. 14583
Issued in December 2008
NBER Program(s):   PE

This paper studies the relation between individuals' mutual fund flows and fund characteristics, establishing three key results. First, consistent with tax motivations, individual investors are reluctant to sell mutual funds that have appreciated in value and are willing to sell losing funds. Second, individuals pay attention to investment costs as redemption decisions are sensitive to both expense ratios and loads. Third, individuals' fund-level inflows and outflows are sensitive to performance, but in different ways. Inflows are related only to "relative" performance, suggesting that new money chases the best performers in an objective. Outflows are related only to "absolute" fund performance, the relevant benchmark for taxes.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w14583

Published: “Individual Investor Mutual Fund Flows,” (with Zoran Ivković), Journal of Financial Economics, VoNol. 92, . 2, 2009, p. 223-237.

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