Traumatic Childhood Events Make Mutual Fund Managers More Risk Averse Decades Later, Study Finds
Traumatic childhood events can affect the investment decisions of mutual fund managers decades later, finds a study co-authored by Professor Raghavendra Rau at Cambridge Judge Business School.
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The study focuses on fund managers who experienced the death or divorce of a parent during their early years, concluding that such family disruption causes fund managers to be more risk averse and to invest less in “lottery-like” stocks.
These fund managers do not perform better or worse than peers who did not experience such childhood events, suggesting that affected fund managers tend to avoid both upside and downside risks.
The study is entitled “Till Death (or Divorce) Do us Part: Early-Life Family Disruption and Fund Manager Behavior”.
To see a summary of the study on the Cambridge Judge Business School website, including a link to the full study, please use this link: https://insight.jbs.cam.ac.uk/2019/ordeal-and-risk/
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