Seminar Invitation-Thursday 24th November 2016-Alexander Hillert

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The Department of Banking and Financial Management announces the upcoming seminar with Prof. Alexander Hillert, University of Mannheim

Alexander Hillert will present: Mutual Fund Shareholder Letters: Flows, Performance, and Managerial Behavior


Fund companies regularly send shareholder letters to their investors. We use textual analysis to investigate whether these letters matter for fund flows and whether they predict performance and investment styles. We find that fund investors react to the writing style of shareholder letters; a less negative tone and a personal writing style lead to higher net flows. Thus, fund companies can use shareholder letters as a strategic instrument to avoid redemptions. Letter writing style is informative for fund investors as it predicts changes in fund managers’ risk taking and investment styles. A personal writing style additionally predicts better fund performance.

Time and Place
November 24, 2016
Time: 16.15-18.00
Place: Room 013

More upcoming Seminars 2016:

December 8, 2016
Sebastian Pfeil, University of Bonn

December 15, 2016
Norman Schuerhoff, University of Lausanne