Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

2016

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

Abstract

This study examines potential effects of overconfidence on financial advice usage. Financial literacy overconfidence is defined as the gap between consumers’ subjective and objective financial knowledge. Using a representative national survey, the result shows that over 11 percent of respondents display financial literacy overconfidence: They score higher than the average on perceived financial knowledge but are unable to answer three or more financial literacy questions correctly. These overconfident consumers are less likely to seek professional financial advice in saving/investment and mortgage but more likely to exhibit demand for advice related to debt counseling and tax planning.

Publication Title

Jounral of Financial Service Professionals

Volume

70

Issue

4

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