Exploring the persistence of U.K. equity closed-end fund performance

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This paper examines whether there is any persistence in the value added by U.K. closed-end funds with domestic equity objectives. There is some short-term persistence in value added by the best performing funds when ranking funds by the past Jensen (1968) performance where past performance is divided by residual volatility. However the persistence in value added by funds is short term and disappears after one year. There is also persistence in performance ability by funds when using Net Asset Value (NAV) excess returns. In contrast to open-end mutual fund performance persistence studies, there is no support that there any closed-end funds which consistently destroy value to investors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-213
Number of pages29
JournalAdvances in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • performance persistence
  • closed-end funds


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