Financial Advice and Stock Market Participation

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Dimitris Georgarakos

European Central Bank (ECB) - Directorate General Research; Center for Financial Studies (CFS)

Roman Inderst

Goethe University Frankfurt

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Date Written: February 14, 2011

Abstract

We introduce professional financial advice in households’ choice to hold risky financial assets. Consistent with the predictions from a formal model, we present evidence that households’ trust in financial advice only matters when their perceived own financial capability is low. Instead, for households with higher financial capability, only the perception of legal protection in financial markets matters for stock market participation. Our empirical analysis highlights economically significant differences in households’ perception of their rights as consumers of financial services, even when their objective circumstances should not be much different.

Keywords: Financial Advice, Trust, Consumer Protection, Household Finance

JEL Classification: E1, G2, D8

Suggested Citation

Georgarakos, Dimitris and Inderst, Roman, Financial Advice and Stock Market Participation (February 14, 2011). ECB Working Paper No. 1296. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1761486

Dimitris Georgarakos (Contact Author)

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Roman Inderst

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

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