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UK equity mutual fund alphas make a comeback

UK equity mutual fund alphas make a comeback

Mateus, Irina B., Mateus, Cesario and Todorovic, Natasa (2016) UK equity mutual fund alphas make a comeback. International Review of Financial Analysis, 44. pp. 98-110. ISSN 1057-5219 (doi:

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In this study, we re-visit the performance of 887 active UK equity mutual funds using a new approach proposed by Angelidis, Giamouridis, and Tessaromatis. The authors argue that mutual funds stock selection is driven by the benchmark index, so if the benchmark generates alpha, there will be a bias in interpretation of manager's stockpicking ability. In their model, the alpha of a fund is adjusted by the benchmark's alpha. By applying this method, we eliminate bias inflicted by the persistently negative alphas of FTSE 100 Index in the period 1992–2013. We find that adjusted Fama–French and Carhat alphas of UK equity mutual funds are higher than those implied by the standard three- and four-factor models and are overall positive, contrary to most of the existing literature on UK fund performance. This result is consistent across funds' investment styles and robust to the use of FTSE Small Cap as benchmark for a sub-sample of small cap funds.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fama-French, Carhart, Adjusted alphas, UK Equity funds performance,
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Accounting & Finance
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 14:25

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