Market Timing around the World

Abstract : This paper challenges existing studies of mutual fund market timing that find little evidence of timing ability. Using a sample of daily returns for 35 countries, we find that more than a third of mutual funds show significantly positive market timing ability across all countries. We show that using daily rather than monthly returns increases the number of significant estimates of timing ability. This indicates that observation frequency is relevant when examining fund performance. We also find evidence for market timing in recessions and document that the effect of the business cycle on market timing is much stronger for extremely successful fund managers. Using a set of synthetic fund returns to control for spurious results, we show that the measured market timing is not a spurious statistical result. These results suggest that market timing is a global phenomenon.
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Javier Vidal-Garcia, Marta Vidal, Sabri Boubaker. Market Timing around the World. Journal of Alternative Investments, 2015, 18 (2), pp.61-89. ⟨http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2484915⟩. ⟨hal-01158091⟩

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