The traditional argument for index investing –such as through exchange traded funds– is based on the view that most active managers fail to beat their respective investment benchmarks more often than not. But while this may be true to some extent, it’s clear that some active managers maintain good track records over time and are favoured by some investors. Given this reality, this note demonstrates how even in cases where successful active managers can be found, passive investment strategies as part of a “core/satellite” approach can still play a useful complementary role. Indeed, this highlights a broader point: the choice between active and passive investment strategies need not always be mutually exclusive, but rather each should be seen to complement the other. To know more visit: (VIEW LINK)

Jerome Lander

The 'core' part is risky and suboptimal. It is cheaper for a reason.

David Bassanese

Hi Jerome. Thanks for reading my post but I think you miss the whole point of index investing. The core produces asset class "beta" returns and so is cheap as it does not try to generate alpha returns. It is hardly "risky" or "sub-optimal". If you know a great alpha fund that more than makes up for its (assumed) higher fees through higher returns then good luck to you.. but the evidence suggests most can't do that consistently..