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Type: Journal article
Title: Selling losers and keeping winners: how (savings) goal dynamics predict a reversal of the disposition effect
Author: Aspara, J.
Hoffmann, A.
Citation: Marketing Letters, 2015; 26(2):201-211
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0923-0645
1573-059X
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Jaakko Aspara, Arvid O. I. Hoffmann
Abstract: A well-documented behavioral pattern in consumer financial decision making is the disposition effect, which refers to the tendency to sell winning investments too early while holding on to losing investments too long. This bias has negative wealth consequences, because typically, individuals' losing investments continue to underperform while their winning investments continue to outperform. Using a goal-systemic framework, the present research indicates that individuals' susceptibility to the disposition effect can be reversed by activating a superordinate (savings) goal. Experimental results indicate that three effective ways to activate a superordinate (savings) goal, and thereby reverse the disposition effect, are as follows: (1) subtly prime it with goal-related words, (2) prime it by making an overall portfolio loss salient, and (3) prime it by explicitly mentioning a goal with a clear-end state.
Keywords: Consumer financial decision making; disposition effect; goal systems theory; investment decisions; savings goals
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
RMID: 0030059873
DOI: 10.1007/s11002-013-9275-9
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