Gross profitability and mutual fund performance

David Kenchington, Chi Wan, H. Zafer Yüksel

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We find that mutual funds holding a larger concentration of high gross profitability stocks generate better future performance. The outperformance of these funds is not driven by a profitability-related risk premium and is not a byproduct of fund managers’ exploitation of other well-known investment strategies. We show that fund managers who trade on the gross profitability anomaly possess greater skill and create value by attracting future fund inflows and by growing fund assets under management. We contribute to both the mutual fund and market anomaly literatures by providing strong evidence that a sizable subset of mutual fund managers profit from an important market anomaly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-49
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • Active fund management
  • Gross profitability anomaly
  • Mutual funds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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