Why does performance persistence vary among closed-end funds?

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Martina K. Schmidt

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This study extends the research on closed-end fund performance persistence by investigating whether the persistence of both net asset value (NAV) and market price returns of U.S. registered closed-end funds is related to various fund characteristics. The sample consists of 505 closed-end funds, which are investigated over the period from January 1976 to December 1996. The analysis tests whether persistence is related to the fund characteristics size, goal, management fees, turnover, fund family membership, fund experience, and the exchange on which a fund is traded. The results vary across holding periods used to calculate persistence but are similar with respect to the NAV and market price returns. Funds with lower expense ratios and funds traded on the NYSE show more persistence of strong NAV and market price performance.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Financial Services Research, 17(2), 127-147. doi:10.1023/A:1008110529949 Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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