Mutual fund incubation and the role of the securities and exchange commission

Journal of Business Ethics 70 (1):33 - 37 (2007)
A mutual fund family incubates a fund when it creates a privately subsidized fund not available to the general investing public. It destroys unsuccessful incubator funds. The few successful funds will report higher incubation returns than the market return in advertisements intended to attract money from individual investors. This practice is currently allowed by the SEC. The evidence is that incubation returns are not a good predictor of subsequent fund performance and likely serve to mislead unsuspecting investors.
Keywords mutual funds  incubation  Securities and Exchange Commission
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