Alessandro Previtero

Kelley School of Business
Indiana University
1309 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

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NBER Program Affiliations: AG
NBER Affiliation: Faculty Research Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Indiana University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2020Barbarians at the Store? Private Equity, Products, and Consumers
with Cesare Fracassi, Albert W. Sheen: w27435
We investigate the effects of private equity on product markets using price and sales data for an extensive number of consumer products. Following a buyout, target firms increase sales 50% more than matched control firms. Price increases—roughly 1% on existing products—do not drive this growth. The launch of new products and geographic expansion do. Competitors lose shelf space and marginally raise prices. Results for public vs. private targets, during and after the financial crisis, and in industries that vary in structure suggest private equity tailors strategies to the environment, eases financial constraints, and provides expertise to manage growth.
November 2014Retail Financial Advice: Does One Size Fit All?
with Stephen Foerster, Juhani T. Linnainmaa, Brian T. Melzer: w20712
Using unique data on Canadian households, we assess the impact of financial advisors on their clients' portfolios. We find that advisors induce their clients to take more risk, thereby raising expected returns. On the other hand, we find limited evidence of customization: advisors direct clients into similar portfolios independent of their clients' risk preferences and stage in the life cycle. An advisor's own portfolio is a good predictor of the client's portfolio even after controlling for the client's characteristics. This one-size-fits-all advice does not come cheap. The average client pays more than 2.7% each year in fees and thus gives up all of the equity premium gained through increased risk-taking.

Published: STEPHEN FOERSTER & JUHANI T. LINNAINMAA & BRIAN T. MELZER & ALESSANDRO PREVITERO, 2017. "Retail Financial Advice: Does One Size Fit All?," The Journal of Finance, vol 72(4), pages 1441-1482. citation courtesy of

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