IFin Seminar, Simona Abis - Columbia University "Do mutual funds keep their promises?"

Institute of Finance

Date: 17 December 2020 / 15:00 - 16:00

Seminar Title: "Do mutual funds keep their promises?"


Simona Abis - Columbia University

15:00 - 16:00

Room:  Virtual

Lugano Campus



How do mutual funds appeal to investors with different preferences? Does this influence their demand for financial assets? We use unsupervised machine learning to categorize US active equity mutual funds into Strategy Peer Groups (SPGs) based on their strategy descriptions in prospectuses. We find rich variety in funds' self-described strategies that cannot be fully accounted for by differences in risk-adjusted returns. SPGs, though, display significant and interpretable differences in non-priced characteristics of stocks held. Investors care about these differences and reward funds who keep their promises with lower flow-performance sensitivity.