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I have composed a three essay dissertation. I examine mutual and/or exchange traded funds in an attempt to give a deeper understanding of the interplay between our financial markets and fund investors, in order to: 1) determine the effects new products have on the market of existing and similar products and 2) determine whether investor perceptions and potential biases (as proxied by measures of investor sentiment) affect fundamental aspects of exchange traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds (CEFs). Specifically, this dissertation seeks to examine the impacts of the introduction of the ETF and determine whether there are significant effects on the creation and deletion activity common to ETFs and the market price deviations from net asset value per share (NAV) of REIT CEFs given various real estate market environments.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Finance in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
David Peterson, Professor Directing Dissertation; Thomas Zuelhke, Outside Committee Member; Yingmei Cheng, Committee Member; James Doran, Committee Member; Stacy Sirmans, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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