Measuring alpha in the fund management industry : do gender and investment strategies matter?

Babalos, Vassilis, Caporale, Guglielmo Maria and Philippas, Nikolaos (2014) Measuring alpha in the fund management industry : do gender and investment strategies matter? Centre for International Capital Markets discussion papers, 2014 (02). pp. 1-40. ISSN 1749-3412

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This paper examines the performance of 358 European diversified equity mutual funds controlling for gender differences. Fund performance is evaluated against funds’ designated market indices and representative style portfolios. Consistently with previous studies, proper statistical tests point to the absence of significant differences in performance and risk between female and male managed funds. However, perverse market timing manifests itself mainly in female managed funds and in the left tail of the returns distribution. Interestingly, at fund level there is evidence of significant overperformance that survives even after accounting for funds’ exposure to known risk factors. Employing a quantile regression approach reveals that fund performance is highly dependent on the selection of the specific quantile of the returns distribution; also, style consistency for male and female managers manifests itself across different quantiles. These results have important implications for fund management companies and for retail investors’ asset allocation strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for International Capital Markets discussion papers; CICM discussion papers; mutual funds; performance; timing; gender difference; quantile regression
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2015 09:36


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