Performance Persistence

Stephen J Brown, William N Goetzmann

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We explore performance persistence in mutual funds using absolute and relative benchmarks. Our sample, largely free of survivorship bias, indicates that relative risk‐adjusted performance of mutual funds persists; however, persistence is mostly due to funds that lag the S&P 500. A probit analysis indicates that poor performance increases the probability of disappearance. A year‐by‐year decomposition of the persistence effect demonstrates that the relative performance pattern depends upon the time period observed, and it is correlated across managers. Consequently, it is due to a common strategy that is not captured by standard stylistic categories or risk adjustment procedures. 1995 The American Finance Association

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-698
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Finance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

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