Do Mutual Funds Outperform During Recessions? International (Counter-) Evidence

Fink, Christopher ; Raatz, Katharina ; Weigert, Florian

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Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: Working papers on finance / University of St.Gallen, School of Finance Research Paper
Volume: 14/15
Place of publication: St. Gallen
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences - CDSB (Business Studies)
Business School > ABWL u. Finanzierung (Theissen 2009-)
Business School > Internat. Finanzierung (Ruenzi 2009-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Glode (2011) shows, both theoretically and empirically, that U.S. equity mutual funds have a systematically better performance during periods of economic downturn and that investors are willing to pay higher fund fees for this recession insurance. In this paper, we test these hypotheses out-of-sample using international mutual fund data from 16 different countries. Surprisingly, we cannot confirm that mutual funds outperform during recessions and do not find that funds with high recession alphas can charge higher fees to investors. Hence, our study raises doubts about the validity of Glode (2011)'s model and looks for alternative explanations of mutual fund's state-specific performance and optimal fee-setting.

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