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A framework of assessable mutual fund performance

Cheng‐Ru Wu (Graduate Institute of Business and Management, Yuanpei University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Hsin‐Yuan Chang (Insurance and Financial Management Department, Takming University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Li‐Syuan Wu (Graduate Institute of Business and Management, Yuanpei University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Republic of China)

Journal of Modelling in Management

ISSN: 1746-5664

Article publication date: 4 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper tries to find how investors evaluate mutual fund performance, not only based on both quantitative but also qualitative criteria.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper adopts the modified Delphi method and the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) to design an assessment method for evaluating mutual fund performance.

Findings

The most important criteria of mutual fund performance should be “mutual fund style,” following is “market investment environment.” This result indicates investors' focus when they evaluate the mutual fund performance.

Research limitations/implications

The AHP assumes the criteria are independent between each other. However, in many real cases, the criteria to evaluate the funds' performance may not be independent. Therefore, the authors recommend correlation between each criterion can be considered in the future research.

Practical implications

When making investment decisions, investors should be more concentrate on gathering information of mutual fund style. As for mutual fund issuers, they could also leverage these results to communicate with their clients in more efficient way.

Originality/value

This study presents a framework of assessable mutual fund performance where the AHP were employed for finding the both tangible and intangible key criteria of performance evaluation.

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Citation

Wu, C., Chang, H. and Wu, L. (2008), "A framework of assessable mutual fund performance", Journal of Modelling in Management, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 125-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465660810890117

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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