Financial Advisors: A Case of Babysitters?

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Andreas Hackethal

Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE

Michael Haliassos

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance; Goethe University Frankfurt - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CEPR; NETSPAR

Tullio Jappelli

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

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Date Written: April 19, 2010

Abstract

We use two administrative data sets, from a large internet broker and from a major commercial bank, together with regional data to ask three questions: (i) whether financial advisors tend to be matched with poorer, uninformed investors or with richer, experienced but presumably busy investors; (ii) how accounts run without financial advice actually perform relative to those run with advice; (iii) whether the contribution of advisors is similar across advisory models - independent (IFA) versus bank financial advisors (BFA). Controlling for investors’ characteristics and for the possibility that unobserved factors contribute both to the use of IFAs and to account performance, advised accounts offer on average lower raw and abnormal returns and higher diversifiable risk. Higher trading costs contribute to return outcomes, as advised accounts feature more frequent trading and higher portfolio turnover. Robustness analysis suggests that the negative role of advisors is not sensitive to the choice of asset pricing model, and applies with similar or stronger force to BFAs, consistent with greater limitations faced by them on recommended products and nature of advice.

Keywords: financial advice, portfolio choice, household finance

JEL Classification: G1, E2, D8

Suggested Citation

Hackethal, Andreas and Haliassos, Michael and Jappelli, Tullio, Financial Advisors: A Case of Babysitters? (April 19, 2010). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 04/2010-017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1626160 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1626160

Andreas Hackethal

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

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Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center 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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Tullio Jappelli

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

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Italy

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Belgium

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