Working Paper

Picking Friends Before Picking (Proxy) Fights: How Mutual Fund Voting Shapes Proxy Contests

This paper studies mutual fund voting in proxy contests using a comprehensive sample of voting records over the period 2008 - 2015, taking into account selective targeting by activists. We find that firm, fund, and event characteristics generate...Read more

Alon Brav
Wei Jiang
James Pinnington
13 March 2019

The Private Use of Credit Ratings: Evidence from Mutual Fund Investment Mandates

The global financial crisis demonstrated that credit ratings are flawed measures of credit risk. Has this affected their use outside the sphere of public regulations? We measure the use of credit ratings in fixed income mutual funds using textual...Read more

Ramin Baghai
Bo Becker
Stefan Pitschner
10 July 2019

Do Index Funds Monitor?

Passively managed index funds now hold over 25% of U.S. mutual fund and ETF assets. The rise of index investing raises fundamental questions about monitoring and corporate governance. We show that, relative to active funds, index funds are less...Read more

Davidson Heath
Daniele Macciocchi
Roni Michaely
Matthew C. Ringgenberg
20 November 2019

Low-carbon Mutual Funds

We show that mutual funds compete for climate-conscious investment flows. In April 2018, Morningstar introduced a climate-focused label for mutual funds. The release of the “Low Carbon Designation” induced reactions on both the demand and supply...Read more

Marco Ceccarelli
Stefano Ramelli
Alexander Wagner
19 March 2020