Emotional responses are common among managers as well as investors

I’ve talked a lot about how you need to eliminate emotional reactions from your investment management strategy. This article points out that even mutual fund managers are susceptible to the lure of emotional investing.
Steve

 

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Looking at a portfolio manager’s track record is one thing, but understanding how he or she achieved it, and whether it can be repeated, is another story and something that financial advisers should consider when selecting funds for their clients, according to those who study investor behavioral trends.

Read the complete article here:

http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20110724/REG/307249986

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Fidelity: Does It Add Value? (by Larry Swedroe)

The following article by Larry Swedroe is very educational regarding the difference between active and passive investing.

 

Steve

In the past, we have looked at the performance of such active managers as AllianceBernstein, Muhlenkamp, Northern Trust and Waddell & Reed. I was asked to take a look at Fidelity and see if its active funds had added value. When first asked, I thought “Sure, we can do that.” But the task became a bit more daunting when I learned that Fidelity has more than 1,000 active funds and more than $1 trillion in assets under management.

To whittle the list down to a manageable number, I asked my Right Financial Plan co-author Kevin Grogan to screen for the 10 largest actively managed equity funds with at least 10 years of history. I only included funds that have a Dimensional Fund Advisors and Vanguard equity counterpart, so funds that mix US and international equities or have significant allocations to fixed income were excluded.