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The Gamma Factors and the Value of Financial Advice

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  • Claude Montmarquette

    (CIRANO and University of Montreal)

  • Nathalie Viennot-Briot

    (CIRANO)

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This study, based on a new Canadian survey and adjusting for the causality issue, reconfirms the positive value of having financial advice. As in our earlier paper, the discipline imposed by a financial advisor on households' financial behavior and increased savings of advised households are key to improving the value of household assets relative to comparable households without an advisor. Benefitting from a subset of participants in both surveys, we found that dropping an advisor between 2010 and 2014 was costly: households who kept their advisor saw the value of their assets increase by 16.4%, while households who dropped their advisor increased the value by only 1.7%. Thus, the value of financial advice goes largely beyond the traditional alpha and beta factors.

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  • Claude Montmarquette & Nathalie Viennot-Briot, 2019. "The Gamma Factors and the Value of Financial Advice," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 20(1), pages 387-411, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cuf:journl:y:2019:v:20:i:1:montmarquetteviennot-briot
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    Keywords

    The value of advice; Econometric models; Causality issue; Survival principle;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation

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