Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 553: Does Active Portfolio Management Create Value? An Evaluation of Fund Managers' Decisions

Stefan Engström ()
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Stefan Engström: Dept. of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: In this paper, I obtain new measures of the value of active portfolio management by forming replicating portfolios. These measures allow for a separate evaluation of fund managers' strategic and tactical decisions. I also obtain new evidence on the value of trading by decomposing it into long-term trading decisions, short-term trading decisions, and trading that is the result of regulatory restrictions. Overall, the evidence supports the value of active portfolio management and that the average fund manager creates value for its investors. Moreover, the results show a positive relation between the value created and trading activity.

Keywords: Mutual Funds; Portfolio Evaluation; Performance Attribution; Trading

JEL-codes: G11; G12; G23

31 pages, January 28, 2004

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