PASSIVE INDEX FUNDS ARE ALL THE RAGE, BUT WHAT ABOUT ACTIVE FUNDS THAT BUCK THE TREND? TOP PERFORMING MONEY MANAGERS RESPOND

September 1, 2017

Top performing money managers respond to the popularity of passive index investing.

WEALTHTRACK Episode #1411; Originally Broadcast on September 01, 2017


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JOHN BELLOWS

TOM GARDNER

ROBERT KLEINSCHMIDT

BRIAN ROGERS

JOHN ROGERS

THOMAS RUSSO

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  • Gardner Russo & Gardner

DANIEL WALLICK

DAVID WINTERS

Consuelo Mack

The first index mutual fund was introduced to the world by Jack Bogle, Founder of Vanguard in 1976. What was a trickle of interest then has turned into a tidal wave since.  Exchange-traded funds, popularly known as ETFs, weren’t launched until 1993. Interest in them has been explosive.  Professional and individual investors are voting overwhelmingly in favor of passive index strategies with their portfolios.

For the first time ever, ETFs, more than 90% of which are passive index funds have one trillion dollars more money than hedge funds globally.  According to The Wall Street Journal, exchange-traded funds surpassed hedge fund assets two years ago, but the trend has accelerated.

It’s hard to beat the ETF fee discount. The asset weighted average annual cost for ETF’s globally is 0.27%, according to consulting firm ETFGIcompared to the traditional charges of 2% on assets and 20% on profits taken by hedge funds, which by the way have dramatically underperformed the S&P 500  every year since the 2009 market bottom.

Performance is the other key advantage index funds have possessed in recent years. As we have reported here before, the recent SPIVA report, the bi-annual “S&P Indices Versus Active” scorecard recently tracked 15 years of performance of actively managed mutual funds versus the appropriate market indexes. The results were overwhelming – more than 92% of large-cap, 95% of mid-cap, and 93% of small-cap managers – trailed their respective benchmarks.  Active’s underperformance showed up in international stock markets and surprisingly in many fixed income categories as well.

Of course there are always exceptions, and we try to find them on WEALTHTRACK Over the last few months we have asked a number of our portfolio manager guests, most with exceptional long term track records, to give us their views on the active versus passive debate.  You’ll hear their opinions on this week’s show.

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Consuelo Mathews Asia

USE PASSIVE AND ACTIVE TO YOUR COMFORT LEVELS

    NO INTEREST IN INVESTING:

  • Choose index funds
  • Diversify globally & by asset class
  • Include safe haven investments e.g. Treasury bonds & Gold
    COMFORT LEVEL COMBINATION:

  • Core position in broad global stock index fund or ETF
  • Satellite positions in actively managed mutual funds
  • Possible Specialties: Small Cap Value, High-growth Tech, Global bonds, Real Estate Investment Trusts
    TRADITIONAL CHOICE:

  • Actively managed funds
  • Global & asset class diversification

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