Measuring Risk Preferences and Asset-Allocation Decisions: A Global Survey Analysis
58 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2019
Date Written: February 4, 2019
We use a global survey of over 22,400 individual investors, 4,892 financial advisors, and 2,060 institutional investors between 2015 and 2017 to elicit their asset allocation behavior and risk preferences. We find substantially different behavior among these three groups of market participants. Most institutional investors exhibit highly contrarian reactions to past returns in their equity allocations. Financial advisors are also mostly contrarian; a few of them demonstrate passive behavior. However, individual investors tend to extrapolate past performance. We use a clustering algorithm to partition individuals into five distinct types: passive investors, risk avoiders, extrapolators, contrarians, and optimistic investors. Across demographic categories, older investors tend to be more passive and risk averse.
Keywords: Asset Allocation, Risk Aversion, Behavioral Finance, Retail Investors, Institutional Investors, Financial Advisors
JEL Classification: G02, G11, G23
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