Economic Policy Uncertainty and Fund Flow Performance Sensitivity: Evidence from New Zealand

Ali, Sara
Badshah, Ihsan
Demirer, Riza
Hegde, Prasad
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Utilizing a large sample of actively managed equity funds and a recently developed EPU index for New Zealand, we show that fund flow performance sensitivity decreases with policy uncertainty. The role of policy uncertainty as a determinant of fund flow performance sensitivity is found to be stronger, particularly for funds with global focus, large sized funds, high momentum funds and those with high idiosyncratic volatility and low downside risk. The findings support the argument that high policy uncertainty dampens investors' ability to process information that allows them to distinguish fund manager skill from luck. The results remain strong after accounting for various macroeconomic factors.

38 Economics , 3502 Banking, Finance and Investment , 3801 Applied Economics , 35 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services , 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability , 1502 Banking, Finance and Investment , 3501 Accounting, auditing and accountability , 3502 Banking, finance and investment , 3801 Applied economics
International Review of Finance, ISSN: 1369-412X (Print); 1468-2443 (Online), Wiley, 23(3), 666-679. doi: 10.1111/irfi.12407
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