Financial Advisors: A Case of Babysitters?

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Andreas Hackethal

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

Michael Haliassos

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance; Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CEPR; NETSPAR; Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability (IMFS)

Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics; Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: March 2009

Abstract

We merge administrative information from a large German discount brokerage firm with regional data to examine if financial advisors improve portfolio performance. Our data track accounts of 32,751 randomly selected individual customers over 66 months and allow direct comparison of performance across self-managed accounts and accounts run by, or in consultation with, independent financial advisors. In contrast to the picture painted by simple descriptive statistics, econometric analysis that corrects for the endogeneity of the choice of having a financial advisor suggests that advisors are associated with lower total and excess account returns, higher portfolio risk and probabilities of losses, and higher trading frequency and portfolio turnover relative to what account owners of given characteristics tend to achieve on their own. Regression analysis of who uses a financial advisor suggests that advisors are matched with richer, older investors rather than with poorer, younger ones

Keywords: Financial advice, Household Finance, Portfolio Choice

JEL Classification: D8, E2, G1

Suggested Citation

Hackethal, Andreas and Haliassos, Michael and Jappelli, Tullio, Financial Advisors: A Case of Babysitters? (March 2009). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7235. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1372555

Andreas Hackethal

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Germany

Michael Haliassos (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance

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Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Germany

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Germany

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Germany

Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Napoli, 80126
Italy

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Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF

University of Naples Federico II
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Napoli, 80146
Italy

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