Gregg S. Fisher, Philip Z. Maymin and Zakhar G. Maymin
Does better performance lead to more assets? We examine nearly 30,000 mutual funds to determine the effect that a fund’s outperformance relative to its peers has on the fund’s later asset size. We find that a fund that earns ten percent more than the size-weighted average of its peers in its style group in one year will on average experience an extra 5% excess asset growth in the subsequent year. The findings are robust to all types of fund styles and all fund sizes, with two exceptions: small funds of any style and very large fixed income funds.