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An arbitrage rationale for tests of mutual fund performance

Peasnell, Kenneth and Skerratt, Len and Taylor, Paul (1979) An arbitrage rationale for tests of mutual fund performance. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 6 (3). pp. 373-399. ISSN 1468-5957

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the methods currently employed to assess investment performance in the light of recent developments in the theory of capital asset pricing. There have been a considerable number of studies in the last decade on whether or not mutual funds' are able to achieve superior investment performance ("beat the market" in some sense). The verdict is virtually unanimous : mutual funds do not consistently outperform the market. This evidence is having a traumatic impact on the US securities industry, resulting in proposals for far-reaching changes in the management and organisation of mutual funds. The validity of these research findings is, of course, dependent on the appropriateness of the methodology underlying the empirical tests. Recent work suggests that the methodology is suspect and can yield highly misleading results. Our purpose is to assess this claim and to see whether anything can be rescued. We argue that the damage is not as serious as first appearances suggest.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Accounting & Finance
    ID Code: 31096
    Deposited By: Mr Paul Taylor
    Deposited On: 18 Dec 2009 16:38
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:30
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31096

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