Date of Conferral



Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Roger Mayer


Corporations may experience lower earnings on assets due to the underinvestment of excess cash. Specifically, leaders of nonfinancial firms hold small amounts of cash in mutual fund investments. The primary benefit to understanding mutual funds is the potential to use them to manage excess corporate cash. Using the efficient market hypothesis as a framework for the study, the purpose of this correlational study was to examine the relationship among mutual fund expenses including 12b-1 fees, sales load at purchase, management fees, total capitalization, and performance. Secondary research databases were used, including the Steele Mutual Fund Expert and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to create a sample of 96 actively managed mutual funds for the years 2010 to 2014. Multiple regression analysis revealed that 12b-1 fees, sales load at purchase, management fees, and total capitalization were not significant predictors of mutual fund performance. Further, in most years, actively managed mutual funds were not able to outpace the benchmark index. However, a small cluster of successful mutual funds (30) exceeded the performance of the S&P 500 by 5.99%. The implications for positive social change include the potential to devise a strategy to invest excess cash, as additional earnings could offset increasing operational costs and ease shareholder concern. Additionally, legislators could use the results of this study to create regulations to promote stable financial markets.