Internet search, fund flows, and fund performance

Hong Yi Chen*, Hsuan Chi Chen, Christine W. Lai

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study uses the Google search volume index as a direct measure of investor attention to explore the connection between attention-grabbing information and fund flows, future performance, and the survivorship of newly issued funds. We find that investors often engage in attention-driven purchases of new funds that have captured their attention online. However, fund investors who conduct internet searches and make attention-driven purchases are less sophisticated and fail to allocate their capital for earning abnormal returns. We also find that attention-induced inflows can help sustain new funds in competitive fund markets via potential mitigation of mergers and liquidations. Our robustness checks show similar results for old funds, but attention-driven fund flows do not enhance the survival of old funds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106166
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Volume129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug

Keywords

  • Fund flows
  • Fund performance
  • Google Trends
  • Internet search
  • Search volume index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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