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ETF Alternatives To The World’s Largest Mutual Funds

by on December 6, 2010 | Updated May 15, 2013

It may be premature to hit the print button for the death certificate of active management, but changes to the investing landscape over the last several years have forced a reassessment of the value proposition this strategy offers. Research suggesting that active managers fail to add value is, of course, nothing new. Over the last several decades, a number of academic studies have suggested that on the whole, active managers fail to consistently beat the market, and that the majority of mutual funds fail to beat their benchmark after costs are taken into consideration. This frustration with the costs of active management paved the way for the rise of indexing as an investment strategy, as many investors have preferred to own the market through a low cost vehicle rather than pay hefty fees to a manager to occasionally beat the market. [click to continue…]

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When domestic and international equity markets tumbled in the first three months of this year, bargain hunters were overwhelmed with possibilities. As price-to-earnings ratios plunged into the single digits, those who follow the Buffett mantra “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful” were presented with one of the best buying opportunities in recent memory. But since March, equity markets have staged impressive recoveries, making good values hard to come by. [click to continue…]

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After decades of flying high and shrugging off crises around the world, U.S. equity markets have fallen on some tough times. The epicenter of the mortgage crisis that evolved into a global recession has scared away many investors away from the U.S. markets, afraid that the worst is yet to come and that the “glory days” […]

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