Study of Security Selection and Market Timing Abilities in Mutual Funds in Iranian Capital Market

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. (Finance), Manchester University, Manchester, England

2 Ph.D. Student in Finance, Tehran University, Iran

3 M.Sc. Student in Industrial Management, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


This study is an attempt to apply the market timing and
security selection models to evaluate the performance of Iranian
mutual funds. The research shed light on the questions of ‘how
successful are mutual funds in earning excess returns over those of the
market?’ ‘Do the excess returns during research period have any
meaningful trend for these financial intermediaries or is it the result of
the ability for active management of portfolio?’ To answer these
questions, a sample of 8 mutual funds were chosen to investigate the
ability for active management, including market timing & security
selection, based on Treynor-Mazuy & Henriksson –Merton model.
The results indicated that there is no statistically significant market
timing ability in any of these cases, and positive security selection is
only observed in two mutual funds.


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