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Financial education and savings and investment decisions: An analysis of the Survey of financial competences (ECF)

Anna Ispierto Maté, Irma Martínez García, Gloria Ruiz Suárez

CNMV Working Papers from CNMV- Spanish Securities Markets Commission - Research and Statistics Department

Abstract: This paper is based on the results deriving from the Survey of Financial Competences (ECF) in an attempt to contribute to the improvement of financial education policy designs, and it pursues several objectives: (i) to quantify the financial knowledge of individuals, (ii) to relate this knowledge to available socio-economic characteristics, and (iii) to analyse the effect of financial education on savings and investment decision-making for a broad set of financial assets. The results reveal that financial education plays a particularly important role in the decision to acquire financial assets such as fixed income and equity securities and investment funds. Financial education determines investment decisions in which the valuation of return, risk and investment term predominate and not the decisions of saving or acquisition of assets strongly perceived as hedging products.

Keywords: Financial Education; Investment; Saving. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A20 G21 G23 I21 I22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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