Determinants of mutual fund flows: Evidence from equity funds from EU


LEMESHKO Oleksandra

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference SGEM Conference on Political Sciences, Law, Finance, Economics and Tourism - Conference Proceedings - Volume III
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Management and administrative
Keywords equity mutual funds; net asset value; total return; fund flows; EU
Description Already for more than century investigation of allocation of international investment funds is a topic of considerable interest for both practitioners and academicians. To the former such investigation provides a useful aid for efficient diversification of their investment portfolios. To the latter identification of significance of impact of certain factors on international investment flows may provide a proof for violation of efficient market hypothesis, which, if found, will have far-reaching implications for the theory of finance. Despite being an innovative modern scheme for international investment allocation mutual funds still are puzzling from the viewpoint of factors, which determine the status of a particular fund or country fund industry to be or not to be attractive for international investment flows. Most of existing studies focus on effect which individual fund characteristics have on inducing of foreign and domestic capital to flow in or out of a particular mutual fund and there is an evident gap in knowledge about factors which determine the attractiveness of an individual economy and its mutual fund industry for international portfolio flows. In the light of the stated above the paper aims to study the determinants of inflows and outflows from equity funds from EU by means of panel regression framework. Application of such framework gives a twofold result: (1) it allows to model simple statistically significant relations between fund characteristics, country attributes and international portfolio flows in EU; and (2) by decomposing the sample into advanced and emerging economies, it allows to track differences across development stages and document important country and regional characteristics.
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