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Testing Market Efficiency for Different Market Capitalization Funds

Hossein Varamini (Elizabethtown College)
Svetlana Kalash (Teleflex Incorporated)

American Journal of Business

ISSN: 1935-5181

Article publication date: 28 October 2008

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Abstract

The main purpose of this study is to use the Sharpe Ratio to test the efficient market hypothesis for different market capitalization and investment styles of mutual funds. The results of the study for the entire period of 1994‐2007 as well as the two subperiods (1994‐1999 and 2000‐2007) indicate that small cap funds have provided the highest risk‐adjusted return for the entire period whereas growth funds have exhibited lower returns. The findings, therefore, suggest that the mutual funds market is not always efficient, which makes it possible for an investor or a mutual fund manager to earn excess return on a risk‐adjusted basis.

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Varamini, H. and Kalash, S. (2008), "Testing Market Efficiency for Different Market Capitalization Funds", American Journal of Business, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 17-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/19355181200800006

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