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Automatic vs Manual Investing: Role of Past Performance


  • Said Kaawach

    (University of Huddersfield)

  • Oskar Kowalewski

    (IESEG School of Management)

  • Oleksandr Talavera

    (University of Birmingham)


Using unique data from a leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform, we investigate the link between past investment performance and choice of auto-investing tool. Our results suggest that investors with poorly performing loan portfolios are more likely to switch automatically. This negative relationship can be explained by algorithmic aversion or investor inattention. In other words, the results suggest that good-performing investors who pay close attention to their loan portfolios or are not interested in using automated services are more likely to rely on themselves in manual mode. These results are robust to alternative specifications.

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  • Said Kaawach & Oskar Kowalewski & Oleksandr Talavera, 2023. "Automatic vs Manual Investing: Role of Past Performance," Discussion Papers 23-04, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.
  • Handle: RePEc:bir:birmec:23-04

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    FinTech; Peer-to-Peer Lending; Investor Switching; Automatic Bidding;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G40 - Financial Economics - - Behavioral Finance - - - General
    • G51 - Financial Economics - - Household Finance - - - Household Savings, Borrowing, Debt, and Wealth
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General

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