Agency theory and financial planning practice

Geoffrey Kingston*, Haijie Weng

*Corresponding author for this work

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We extend an influential contribution to the literature on agency theory and then use this extension, along with other theoretical contributions, to shed light on agency problems affecting funds management and financial planning in Australia. The case for pure fee-for-service in actively managed funds and plans turns out to be weak. The amount of money exposed to risk by an active manager should be less than the entire investible wealth of the client, especially in the case of investors on the cusp of retirement. Asset-based fees on actively managed funds should include a fulcrum component.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-303
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Economic Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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