Now You See It: Drawing Attention to Charges in the Asset Management Industry

36 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2018

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Lucy Hayes

Financial Conduct Authority

Anish Thakrar

Financial Conduct Authority

William Lee

Financial Conduct Authority

Date Written: June 4, 2018

Abstract

We carried out an experiment which simulated an online investment platform and recruited over one thousand non-advised investors to participate in the research. Drawing on the relevant behavioural literature as well as our own qualitative research we developed four treatments to test. In summary, all of our treatments increased the proportion of investors choosing a cheaper fund and some of the effects were sizable. However, the increased focus on charges did not seem to reduce the importance that participants placed on other fund characteristics such as performance or risk. A warning message appeared to improve decision-making, particularly when it was coupled with a chart showing the impact of charges or a screen providing a summary of charges just before an investor purchased a fund. The treatments which were most impactful were also prominently positioned on pages which all investors had to view.

Suggested Citation

Hayes, Lucy and Thakrar, Anish and Lee, William, Now You See It: Drawing Attention to Charges in the Asset Management Industry (June 4, 2018). FCA Occasional Paper No. 32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3190111 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3190111

Lucy Hayes

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Anish Thakrar (Contact Author)

Financial Conduct Authority ( email )

25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London, E14 5HS
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William Lee

Financial Conduct Authority ( email )

25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London, E14 5HS
United Kingdom

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