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Does Availability Bias Have Influence on FMCG Investors? An Empirical Study on Cognitive Dissonance, Rational Behaviour and Mental Accounting Bias
Shantha Gowri B,
Published in Sciedu Press
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Investors usually rely on the first-hand information to take their investment decisions. Investors are prone to many types of heuristics and bias which can lead to indecisive situations or irrational behavior and affect their performance. Indecisive state of mind of investors is attributed due to cognitive dissonance as it differs from their belief and the facts they come in reality. Mental accounting has its own advantages of meeting the investor’s goal on time and allocating resources effectively to achieve each of their investment objectives, on the contrary it can also lead to poor portfolio management and performance. The current study is conducted in order to understand the influence of availability heuristic influence on cognitive dissonance and rational behavior through mental accounting bias as a mediating factor exclusively on Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) investor’s decision making in stock market. Data was collected by purposive sampling method using self-administered questionnaire from 614 FMCG investors through 15 stock broking firms registered in Hyderabad city, tools like correlation, analysis of variance, Cronbach Alpha test, linear regression and mediation are used for data analysis. The results reveal that availability bias, cognitive dissonance and rational behavior are highly correlated to one another. Availability bias influence on cognitive dissonance and rational behavior of FMCG investors through mental accounting bias is negligible. Though many studies have accepted the major role played by mental accounting bias and few against it in our study it is proved to be negligible in case of defensive sectors of FMCG investors.
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JournalData powered by TypesetInternational Journal of Financial Research
PublisherData powered by TypesetSciedu Press
Open AccessYes