Unobserved ties between corporate executives and mutual fund managers
Accounting and Finance
After corporate executives relocate from origin firms to destination firms, only 3.6 percent of mutual fund managers follow the departing executives: they divest from origin firms while initiating investments in destination firms. This phenomenon is more pronounced for those funds that earned superior returns from investments in the origin firms, and that demand more information regarding the destination firms. Further, comigration funds’ holding changes in destination firms more accurately predict cumulative abnormal returns around earnings announcements than do their investments in other stocks and non-comigration funds’ new investments. Hiring the migrating executives does not improve the destination firms’ operating performance.
Lin, J., Ling, L. & Zhou, M. (2019). Unobserved ties between corporate executives and mutual fund managers. Accounting and Finance, 59(5): 2961-2991.