Edwin J. Elton and
Martin J. Gruber
Chapter Chapter 15 in Handbook of the Economics of Finance, 2013, vol. 2, pp 1011-1061 from Elsevier
In this chapter we examine the three main types of mutual funds, open end funds, closed end funds and exchange traded funds. After a description of each of these organizational forms, we discuss the principle research issues for each type. For open end mutual funds, this includes performance measurement techniques, how well funds have performed, and the informational content of past performances, how well investors do in selecting funds, and the determinants of cash flows into funds. For closed end funds, we discuss determinants of the discount and why this organizational form exists. Finally for exchange traded funds our discussion includes how well they track the index, their performance, and some additional topics.
Keywords: Open end funds; closed end funds; exchange traded funds; performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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