Poor Planning: Investors who Save Regularly Save Less Overall

Date : Jeudi | 2024-03-28 à 12h30
Lieu : Salle des thèses

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Indigo JONES (LEO, Université d’Orléans)

Scheduling regular deposits is consensus popular financial advice, but does doing so actually increase savings? Perhaps not. In a dataset of 36,836 robo-advisor clients who saved an average of €21,602, investors who scheduled deposits saved 32.6% (€8,630) less overall than investors who did not schedule deposits, and still 16.0% (€3,466) less than average ceteris paribus. Yet, investors who started or stopped scheduling deposits saved €3,247 more during those years in which they were scheduling deposits. Additionally, many factors such as an investor's age, sex, number of children, income, wealth, investment horizon, ESG status, investment goal, and financial literacy were significantly related to an investor's decision whether to make scheduled deposits and/or how much they eventually saved.