Bank affiliation and discounts on closed-end funds

GÜNER Z. N., Önder Z.

INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, vol.83, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 83
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.irfa.2022.102266
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, EconLit
  • Keywords: Discount on closed-end funds, Trust in Financial Institutions, Banking crisis, Closed-end funds, Bank affiliation, CONFLICTS-OF-INTEREST, COMMERCIAL-BANKS, TRUST, PERFORMANCE, INVESTMENT, CRISIS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigates whether investors value the bank affiliation of closed-end funds and analyzes whether investors treat funds differently because of their affiliated bank type, commercial or investment, and the size of their affiliated commercial bank, small or big. The analysis of the discounts on closed-end funds traded on Borsa Istanbul reveals that bank-affiliated funds trade at a lower discount than other funds, controlling for fund characteristics and market conditions. It is found that investors are willing to pay a higher price on funds affiliated with commercial banks, especially big ones, than bank-unaffiliated funds. However, discounts on all bank-affiliated funds increased more than discounts on unaffiliated funds during the banking crisis of 2000-2001 in Turkey suggesting that investors are willing to pay a trust premium to invest in funds that are affiliated with banks regardless of their type or size.