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DO MUTUAL FUNDS DELIVER ALPHA?
Finance & Accounting
Pages 10 (2510 words)
1. Introduction A “mutual fund” is a scheme for investment which is professionally run by pooling money from many investors to buy securities. The mutual funds firm management undertakes market analysis that enables the fund to make a decision on asset allocation to invest depending on the expected return and risk of the assets.
Market selection is when the manager is able to select among the assets traded in the market the lowly priced asset and sell it at a higher price in the future due to its rise in returns. Market timing funds in most cases moves towards highly concentrated industry, fund which are large and align to small-cap stocks. The decisions that some managers do make sometime do outperform the market while at times they underperform. This has raised the debate whether the manager’s performance is guided by luck or skill in the manner under which they arrive at decision making. This paper undertakes to investigate how a number of mutual funds analyses have faired in their performance in the past years from a given data of selected fund firms. Finance literature has two contrasting strands on how optimal asset allocation is arrived at. On one hand, the argument has being that aggregate returns on the stock market are predictable and thus, investors are able to reach at optimal asset allocation based on the predictability strand. In contrast, argument has being that there is minimal evidence that investors utilize the predictability of aggregate stock market returns in their asset allocation. ...
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