Jennie Bai is an assistant professor in Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. Her research focuses on credit risk and liquidity risk in banking and the fixed-income market.
She will speak on cross asset information synergy in mutual fund families
Despite common wisdom that equities and bonds are segmented, the organization structure of fund families can offset frictions regarding asset market segmentation. We find that equity funds and corporate bond funds linked within a mutual fund family (sister funds) exhibit a significant co-movement in holdings of commonly-held firms' equities and bonds. In contrast, we do not find such a pattern for funds in different families. We show that the holding co-movement is driven by information sharing among sister funds, and such funds make more profit-enhancing investment decisions on common holdings, compared to stand-alone funds. Our findings suggest that collaboration between equity funds and bond funds improves fund performance.