mutual funds

Success or Failure: The Evidence From Style-Rotating Funds

Actively managed funds tout their ability to successfully rotate across styles (such as large-caps versus small-caps and value versus growth) or sectors (industries) and thus outperform passive strategies (such as index funds). It is certainly true that investment styles do move in and out of favor, presenting actively managed funds with an opportunity for asset…

News Floating-Rate Note Funds: Too Good to Be True?

Every time interest rates are low, investors begin to make mistakes. They tend to engage in activities that they otherwise wouldn’t undertake—such as stretching for yield by taking on credit risk—if rates were at more “normal” levels like 4% or 5%. With Treasury yields having been at extremely low levels for seven years now, and…

Is It Time to Raise Cash?

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal contained a headline that very likely frightened many investors — and in my opinion, that’s precisely what it was meant to do. Otherwise, why inform investors that “U.S. public pension plans and mutual funds are sheltering more of their holdings in cash than they have in years,…

Does Firing Money Managers Lead to Improved Performance?

Leonard Kostovetsky and Jerold Warner, the authors of the study You’re Fired! New Evidence on Portfolio Manager Turnover and Performance, which was published in the August 2015 issue of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, contribute to the literature on the performance of money managers by examining managerial turnover at both internally managed mutual…

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