Market Timing and Selectivity: Evidence from Australian Equity Superannuation Funds: Discussion Paper No. 105

Drew, Michael E., Veeraraghavan, Madhu, & Wilson, Vanessa (2002) Market Timing and Selectivity: Evidence from Australian Equity Superannuation Funds: Discussion Paper No. 105. [Working Paper]


In this performance evaluation study, two questions are addressed. First, do active fund managers possess macro and micro forecasting skills that deliver superior riskadjusted returns? Second, what is the nature of market timing/stock selectivity trade off in the generation of alpha? The answers from this study are as follows: as an industry, managers delivered inferior returns for superannuation investors for the period 1991 through 1999. The study provides little evidence that the Australian funds management industry holds sufficient macro and/or micro forecasting abilities to generate positive alpha. While previous research has found that inferior market timing decisions are compensated for by superior stock selection skills, this study finds no substantive inverse relationship between timing and selectivity.

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ID Code: 531
Item Type: Working Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Performance evaluation, Timing, Selectivity
ISSN: 1324-5910
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Financial Economics (140207)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 (Please consult author)
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:44

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