Re-engineering Mutual Funds Performance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from the Ghana Stock Exchange

Michael Owusu Akomeah, YuSheng Kong, Wilfred Kwaku Drah, Basil Kusi, Stephen Owusu Afriyie


The study presents an examination of mutual funds average returns relative to the benchmark in Ghana using Sharpe and Treynor’s index for a sample of ten Ghanaian Mutual Funds selected on the basis of consecutive data availability during the period of 1st January 2010 to 31st December, 2014. The results revealed that 80% of the Mutual Funds recorded high raw returns with a strong correlation coefficient of +0.6089 between the raw returns and total risk. It was also found that the average Sharpe index for all the Mutual Funds was 1.351 outperforming the benchmark index of 0.300 and more so the average Treynor index for all the Mutual Funds was 12.68 beating the benchmark index of 9.59. Moreover 80% of the Mutual Funds were highly diversified with an average adjusted R-square of 59.88%. The analysis concluded that, the money market funds had a superior performance than the balanced and equity funds under all the three performance evaluation techniques.

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