Active and Passive Investing

Active Managers Should Love Passive Investing–It Makes Them Better!

By |February 27th, 2017|Research Insights, Basilico and Johnsen, Active and Passive Investing|

Blaming the disappointing performance of active management on the exponential growth of passive indexing (defined here) is not a new idea. However, a recently published paper in the Journal of Financial Economics,(3) provides a new and notable take on the continuing debate. In a surprising turnabout to Mr. Odey’s comment, the authors of the article find that actively managed funds are more “active”, charge lower fees, and produce higher alpha, when faced with more competitive pressure from low-cost passive index funds.

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