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Herd behaviour & investor sentiment: Evidence from UK mutual funds

Yawen Hudson, Meilan Yan and Dalu Zhang

International Review of Financial Analysis, 2020, vol. 71, issue C

Abstract: The aims of this paper are to detect evidence of institutional investor herding behaviour and examine the role that investor sentiment plays in institutional investor herding behaviour. The herding behaviour is investigated by examining the dispersion of time varying beta of UK open-end and closed-end funds. The study finds evidence of fund managers' herding behaviour, which suggests they are likely to herd on market portfolio, size, and value factors. UK market-wide investor sentiment index is used for investigating the effects of investor sentiment on institutional herding behaviour. We find a unidirectional investor sentiment effect on the herding of UK mutual fund managers. We also reveal that the sentiment factors affecting UK open-end and closed-end fund managers herding behaviour are different due to the differences in fund structure.

Keywords: Institutional investors; Herding; Mutual fund; Investor sentiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G02 G11 G12 G23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2020.101494

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