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Individual Investor Activity and Performance

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  • Dahlquist, Magnus

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  • Martinez, Jose Vincente

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  • Soderlind, Paul

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We examine the daily activity and performance of a large panel of individual investors in Sweden's Premium Pension System. We find that active investors earn higher returns and risk-adjusted returns than inactive investors. A performance decomposition analysis reveals that most of the outperformance of active investors is the result of these investors successfully timing mutual funds and asset classes. While activity is beneficial for some investors, extreme flows out of mutual funds affect funds' net asset values negatively for all investors. Financial advisors, by contributing to coordinate investments and redemptions, exacerbate these negative effects.

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  • Dahlquist, Magnus & Martinez, Jose Vincente & Soderlind, Paul, 2014. "Individual Investor Activity and Performance," Working Papers on Finance 1408, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance, revised Sep 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:usg:sfwpfi:2014:08
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    1. Agnesens, Julius, 2013. "A statistically robust decomposition of mutual fund performance," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 3867-3877.

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    Keywords

    401(k); coordinated fund changes; defined contribution; financial advisors; mutual fund flows;

    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
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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