Based on large-scale survey data from the 2006-2012 waves of the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS), we show that individual portfolio decisions are influenced by a variety of stable traits and facets traditionally investigated in the field of personality psychology. Three personality traits have a significant negative correlation with financial risk taking, as measured by the holding and the amount of stock assets: Agreeableness, Cynical Hostility and Anxiety. For Cynical Hostility a belief-based mechanism seems to be at work, whereas the impact of all the other traits seems to pass through the preferences – rather than the beliefs – channel. Our findings shed new light on the determinants of individuals’ risk taking in the financial domain.

Do Personality Traits Influence Investors' Portfolios?

BUCCIOL, Alessandro;ZARRI, Luca
2017

Abstract

Based on large-scale survey data from the 2006-2012 waves of the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS), we show that individual portfolio decisions are influenced by a variety of stable traits and facets traditionally investigated in the field of personality psychology. Three personality traits have a significant negative correlation with financial risk taking, as measured by the holding and the amount of stock assets: Agreeableness, Cynical Hostility and Anxiety. For Cynical Hostility a belief-based mechanism seems to be at work, whereas the impact of all the other traits seems to pass through the preferences – rather than the beliefs – channel. Our findings shed new light on the determinants of individuals’ risk taking in the financial domain.
portfolio choice
personality traits
risk taking
behavioral finance
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