The Relationship Between Manager Tenure and Corporate Bond Mutual Fund Performance

Matthew Mottes, University at Albany, State University of New York


This paper analyzes the relationship between manager tenure and performance in corporate bond mutual funds, using a sample from Morningstar of 665 funds from 2002-2017. Based on a univariate portfolio analysis and panel regressions, the results show a significant positive relationship between average manager tenure and corporate bond performance generally, regardless of whether performance is measured by raw monthly returns or Fama and French’s (1993) five-factor alpha. However, in the crisis periods, this paper documents a significant negative relationship between average manager tenure and fund performance.