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Publication Date

Spring 2003

Source Publication

Financial Services Review

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Securing a mutual fund that meets investment goals is an important reason why some investors exclusively stay with a particular mutual fund and others switch funds within their fund family. This paper empirically investigates investor attitudes toward mutual funds. Our model, based on investor responses, develops an investor's "risk profile" variable. Results indicate that regardless of whether the investors invest in nonemployer plans or in both employer and nonemployer plans, they consider their investment risk, fund performance, investment mix, and the capital base of the fund before switching funds. The model developed in this study can also assist in predicting investors' switching behavior.


Published version. Financial Services Review, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 2003): 39-59. Publisher Link. © 2003 Academy of Financial Services. Used with permission.

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