Investing in a global world

Jeffrey A. Busse, Amit Goyal, Sunil Wahal

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We examine active retail mutual funds and institutional products with a mandate to invest in global equity markets. We find little reliable evidence of alphas in the aggregate or on average. The right tail of the distribution contains some large alphas. Decomposing stock selection from country selection, we find some evidence of superior stock picking abilities in the extreme right tail. However, simulations suggest that they are produced just as likely by luck as by skill. Persistence tests show little evidence of continuation in superior performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-590
Number of pages30
JournalReview of Finance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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