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Selectivity, Style, Sentiment and Skill in Mutual Fund Trades

Cullen, G., Gasbarro, D., Le, K-S. and Monroe, G.S. (2010) Selectivity, Style, Sentiment and Skill in Mutual Fund Trades. In: The 23rd Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, 14 December 2010, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia pp. 1-27.

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Fund managers can only exhibit selectivity through purchasing (selling) stocks that appreciate (depreciate) more frequently than expected from random occurrence, if stocks are incorrectly priced. We develop a method that can statistically identify fund managers that exhibit net, buy, and sell selectivity in their trades, as well as distinguish manager skill from fortuitous stock selection. Stock investor sentiment betas are calculated from the recently developed investor sentiment index, and used to indicate stock mispricing. We find that superior stock selection is concentrated in funds that hold high sentiment beta stocks; the major constituent of funds with the aggressive growth objective.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Murdoch Business School
Publisher: Australian School of Business at University of New South Wales
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