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Energy mutual funds and oil prices

Alper Gormus (Texas A&M University Commerce, Commerce, Texas, USA)
John David Diltz (University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA)
Ugur Soytas (Department of Finance and Real Estate, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Article publication date: 12 March 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the price level and volatility impacts of oil prices on energy mutual funds (EMFs). The authors also examine specific fund characteristics which might influence those interactions.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors test for volatility transmission between the oil prices and the funds in the sample. Later, the authors test to see which fund characteristics impact these volatility interactions.

Findings

The results show oil price movements lead majority of sample EMFs. The authors also find a volatility feedback relationship with most of the sample. Furthermore, the authors show the fund characteristics to be important indicators of these interactions. Morningstar rating, market capitalization and management tenure are found to be significant drivers of the relationships between EMFs and oil prices.

Originality/value

To the knowledge, there is not a study in literature which examines these relationships.

Keywords

Citation

Gormus, A., Diltz, J.D. and Soytas, U. (2018), "Energy mutual funds and oil prices", Managerial Finance, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 374-388. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-04-2017-0124

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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