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Thomas Jefferson University Research

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Are big banks using insider knowledge of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to benefit their mutual funds? Banks are not permitted to share private information about their M&A clients’ plans with their mutual fund investment managers because advance knowledge of the transaction gives the funds’ stock buyers an unfair advantage.

But anecdotal evidence suggests not all banks respect internal information barriers, and Tim Mooney, PhD, assistant professor of finance, wanted to see what the hard data said. He reviewed publicly available records on 3,846 mergers, and examined trading activities by mutual funds affiliated with bank M&A advisors.

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