Predictors of investment in risky assets among Malaysian families.

Husniyah Abdul Rahim, and Zuroni Md Jusoh, and Fazilah Abdul Samad, M (2012) Predictors of investment in risky assets among Malaysian families. Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia, 46 (1). pp. 27-37. ISSN 0127-1962

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Investment, as a strategy to enhance financial well-being, is exposed to high expected risk in order to gain high expexted returns. This study focused on the effects of personality and behavioural factors in predicting investments in risky assets. The personality factors studied were future time orientation,financial risk tolerance and self-worth whilst the behavioural factors concerned were the dimensions of financial management practices of families. Quota sampling based on ethnicity was useda total of 800 respondents,namedly the reported family financial manager from families residing in Peninsular Malaysia. Investment in risky assets was based on the self-reported investment in stocks. Binary logistic regression analysis revealed financial risk tolerance, self-worth record-keeping credit, saving and risk management significant predictors of investment in risky assets. Family financial managers who were more risk-tolerant with higher self-worth tend to invest in risky assets.Furthermore, those who perform record keeping;regularly save and manging risk well were also more likely to invest in risky assets. However. those managing credit wisely were less likely to invest in risky assets. The most influential factors for predicting investment in risky assets found in this study were savings, Followed by self-worth, risk practices, record-keeping and financial risk tolerance. The findings provided evidence that specific personality factors and financial management practices did predict investment in risky assets.Knowing these factors will enable financial planners to identify those with potential to invest type of assets in order to gain greater return from their investment.As for those families having such personality and performing influential financial practices,they whould realise their capability in risky investment.However for those having low self=worth, less tolerating with financial risk and hardly did those influential financial practices, they could be trained to make them capable to invest in risky assets. More families would have the potential to invest in risky assets that can lead to financial stability in the run. Additionally, this will contribute to the economic growth of the country.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:financial management practices; investment; risky assets
Journal:Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia
ID Code:5828
Deposited By: Mr Azam
Deposited On:09 Jan 2013 13:23
Last Modified:14 Jan 2013 01:31

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