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The Disposition Effect Among Mutual Fund Participants: A Re-Examination

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  • Paulo Silva
  • Victor Mendes
  • Margarida Abreu

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Using information on mutual fund trades executed from 1998 to 2017 by 31,513 individual investor clients of a major Portuguese financial institution, we study the relationship between the disposition effect, financial literacy and trading experience. We find that mutual fund investors exhibit strong disposition effect. The tendency to hold losers is partially offset with literacy: not only holding a university degree reduces the propensity to hold on to loser funds but also higher financial knowledge and stronger math skills reduce the disposition effect. Literacy also plays a role in shaping the way experience affects this bias. Evidence of the disposition effect persists after accounting for redemption fees, bad emotions, irrational beliefs, market sentiment and the existence of someone to blame.

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  • Paulo Silva & Victor Mendes & Margarida Abreu, 2020. "The Disposition Effect Among Mutual Fund Participants: A Re-Examination," Working Papers REM 2020/0126, ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics and Management, REM, Universidade de Lisboa.
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    Keywords

    disposition effect; mutual funds; financial literacy;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G41 - Financial Economics - - Behavioral Finance - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making in Financial Markets
    • G53 - Financial Economics - - Household Finance - - - Financial Literacy

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