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Board Composition and Open-End Mutual Fund Performance

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Board Composition and Open-End Mutual Fund Performance

Zhang, Dan (2015) Board Composition and Open-End Mutual Fund Performance. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The mutual fund industry has grown rapidly during the past decade. In the U.S., each mutual fund that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required to be overseen by a board of directors or board of trustees. They oversee the fund’s compliance program, negotiate the fees paid for the advisors and supervise the fund performance. They manage the funds on behalf of the shareholders and is a bridge between shareholders and fund managers. So what composes a good mutual fund board? Besides fund managers’ day-to-day running, could the composition and structure of the board impact fund performance? Using a large sample of open-end mutual funds, and three corresponding manually-collected databases of board of directors for 2009, 2011 and 2013, we examine whether the average board composition and diversity characteristics have an explanatory power of fund performance. We find that none of these tested characteristics is a consistently significant determinant of relative cross-sectional performance.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Finance
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Zhang, Dan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Administration (Finance option)
Date:9 April 2015
Thesis Supervisor(s):Kryzanowski, Lawrence
ID Code:979923
Deposited By: DAN ZHANG
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 16:26
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:50
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