We examine the determinants of US mutual fund terminations and provide estimates of mutual fund hazard functions. We find that mutual fund termination correlates with a variety of fund specific variables as well as with market variables such as the S&P 500 index and the short-term interest rate. We also test the underlying assumptions of the semi-parametric Cox model and reject proportionality, thus calling to question the use of this model in forming estimates of mutual fund hazard functions. We find that different fund categories exhibit distinct hazard functions depending on the fund's investment objectives.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics