Conference Announcement WU Gutmann Center Symposium 2017: “Financial Advice and Asset Management”

Conference Announcement
WU Gutmann Center Symposium 2017: “Financial Advice and Asset Management”

June 19, 2017; 9:00 – 17:30; WU Vienna, Austria

The WU Gutmann Center for Portfolio Management is proud to invite you to its ninth symposium – WU Gutmann Center Symposia 2017: “Financial Advice and Asset Management” on June 19 2017, at WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Welthandelsplatz1, Festsaal 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria.

TOPIC: The financial crisis has revived the interest in the role of financial advice and in particular the standards that financial advisors should be held to. While financial advice is an essential part of asset management, policy-makers are concerned about conflicts of interests between financial advisors and their clients.

The WU Gutmann Symposium 2017 addresses various aspects of financial advice and asset management. The speakers shed light on the underlying factors, including behavioral aspects, and market structure that influence these conflicts of interests and thereby the quality of financial advice. In addition, they highlight possible solutions to deal with the incentive problems.

REGISTRATION: Participation is free of charge. To register please click on this link:

You will be redirected to our conference management system where you will be asked to create an account. If you submitted a paper or acted as a reviewer, you can use your existing account.

Deadline for registration: June 11, 2017

ENGELBERT DOCKNER MEMORIAL PRIZE: The Engelbert Dockner Memorial Prize is an award of 2,000 EUR given to the best paper presented at the WU Gutmann Center Symposium which is selected by the Academic Advisory Board.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM: The conference starts at 9 am and finish at 5pm, followed by a refreshment. A detailed program is available at our website. (

Financial Advice and Bank Profits
– Stefan Ruenzi, University of Mannheim
Client Involvement in Expert Advice — Antibiotics in Finance?
– Annika Weber, Goethe University, Frankfurt
Variations in Investment Advice Provision: A Study of Investment Advisors and Millionaire Investors
– Ylva Baeckstrom, Cass Business School

The Market for Conflicted Advice
– Martin Szydlowski, University of Minnesota
Is Conflicted Investment Advice Better than No Advice?
– Jonathan Reuter, Boston College
Does Competition Protect Unsophisticated Investors?
– Yang Sun, Brandeis University

The Dividend Disconnect
– Samuel Hartzmark, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Thinking about Prices versus Thinking about Returns in Financial Markets
– Zwetelina Iliewa, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Does Household Finance Matter? Small Financial Errors with Large Social Costs
– Harjoat Bhamra, Imperial College Business School

Mutual Fund Shareholder Letters: Flows, Performance, and Managerial Behavior
– Alexander Hillert, Goethe University, Frankfurt
Financial Literacy and Portfolio Dynamics
– Milo Bianchi, Toulouse School of Economics
Trust Busting: The Effect of Fraud on Investor Behavior
– Scott Yonker, Cornell University

WU Gutmann Center for Portfolio Management
WU Vienna, Department of Finance, Accounting and Statistics
Phone: +43-1-31336-5238

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