Tag: Active vs passive

Buffett’s Passive Can of Worms

A great deal of confusion exists today about the merits of passive investing as compared to well-researched active management. An added layer of confusion arose in March when Warren Buffett explained that 90% of his widow’s money would be invested in a low-cost S&P 500 index fund. If this summer was a football game, 15-yard personal foul penalties would be thrown everywhere as experts piled on top of that announcement.

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The Demise of Active Management is Greatly Exaggerated

Financial advisors and registered investment advisors feel severe pressure to throw in the towel on manager selection methodologies and accept index returns. Yet, many of these stories forget one central concept: indexes are actually inexpensive actively-managed portfolios. Every actively managed fund is an index itself.

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Hangman: The ETF Revolution

Financial innovation in the investment business is, in our opinion, sometimes just smoke and mirrors. The recent movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone illuminates what this smoke and mirror façade can produce. The movie portrays two magicians who have a long-running show on the Las Vegas Strip. One act of their show is much like the game of Hangman. Burt Wonderstone (played by Steve Carell) presents the trick to the audience while his side kick Anton (played by Steve Buscemi) walks up the top of the platform and prepares to put his head inside the noose. Both entertainers put cloaks on to mask their body and head. The noose is tightened for the hangman. The trapdoor of the hangman drops. Seconds later, the head covers are pulled and magically the entertainers have deceivingly traded places without the audience knowing. How magical!

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