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Will investors change their superannuation fund given the choice?

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  • Tim Fry
  • Richard Heaney
  • Warren McKeown

A large number of Australian investors have been granted the right to choose where their superannuation fund contributions will be invested, but it is difficult to ascertain whether investors will exercise this choice. Although expected-utility-maximizing investors might tend to change their fund once given the choice, loss averse investors would favour the status quo. Using a survey of over 1600 Australian investors, conducted by FinaMetrica in early 2005, we find support for inertia (status quo) in our sample suggesting that, with respect to superannuation choice, individual Australian investors are loss averse. Copyright (c) The Authors Journal compilation (c) 2007 AFAANZ.

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Article provided by Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand in its journal Accounting and Finance.

Volume (Year): 47 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 267-283

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