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Influence of Behavioral Biases on Investment Decision Making with Moderating Role of Financial Literacy and Risk Attitude: A Study Based on Colombo Stock Exchange

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S. S. Ranaweera,

University of Kelaniya, LK
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Department of Commerce and Financial Management, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies
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B. A. H. Kawshala

University of Kelaniya, LK
About B. A. H.
Department of Commerce and Financial Management, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies
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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to analyze the influence of overconfidence bias and herding bias on investment decision making and the moderating role of financial literacy and risk attitude on overconfidence bias and herding bias on investment decision making in the Colombo Stock Market.

 

Design/Methodology/Approach: This paper collects data from a structured questionnaire survey carried out among 110 individual investors in the Colombo stock market. This paper used a multiple regression method to analyze the influence of overconfidence bias and herding bias on investment decisions with financial literacy and risk attitude as moderating variables.

 

Findings: Overconfidence bias has a significant influence on investment decisions. Results do not indicate that herding bias significantly influence investment decisions. Financial literacy significantly moderates the relationship between overconfidence in investment decisions. However, financial literacy does not significantly moderate the relationship between herding bias in investment decisions. Financial literacy and risk attitude do not significantly moderate the relationship between herding bias in investment decisions.

 

Implications: The findings of this paper would help to understand the influence of behavioral bias on investment decisions of individual investors in Colombo stock market.

 

Originality/Value: The research described in this paper study the moderating role of financial literacy and risk attitude on overconfidence bias and herding bias in making investment decisions (in Colombo Stock Exchange).
How to Cite: Ranaweera, S. S., & Kawshala, B. A. H. (2022). Influence of Behavioral Biases on Investment Decision Making with Moderating Role of Financial Literacy and Risk Attitude: A Study Based on Colombo Stock Exchange. South Asian Journal of Finance, 2(1), 56–67. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sajf.v2i1.32
Published on 21 Jun 2022.
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