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Maintaining a Globally Diversified Portfolio

Given their long underperformance relative to U.S. stocks, some investors may be questioning whether it makes sense to own international equities. Jared Kizer looks at five reasons why you should remain committed to a globally diversified approach. Since the financial crisis of 2008, U.S. equities have earned substantially higher returns than international equities. Ken French’s…

Persistence Among Active Funds Is Hard To Come By

New report, same old story. Larry Swedroe unpacks highlights from the most recent SPIVA scorecard that offer still more powerful evidence of active management’s continued failure to persistently outperform. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its biannual Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) reports, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index…

Mutual Fund Benchmark Discrepancies Can Fool Investors

Some active mutual funds have prospectus benchmarks that understate risk and, thus, overstate relative performance. Larry Swedroe unpacks a study that explores how such funds benefit from that overstatement at investors’ expense. Evaluating the performance of actively managed mutual funds generally involves comparing a product’s results with some passive benchmark (the SEC requires that funds…

Fixed Income Quick Take: In-State vs. Out-of-State Bonds

Fixed Income Advisor Steve Wiechel explains how the fixed income desk determines which is best for each individual client. In-state or out-of-state municipal bonds? Fixed Income Advisor Steve Wiechel explains how the fixed income desk determines which is best for each individual client. By clicking on any of the links above, you acknowledge that they…

Larry Swedroe on Bloomberg’s ETF IQ: Shrinking Pool of Investors Hits Active Investing

Larry Swedroe talks to Bloomberg ETF IQ host Scarlet Fu in an interview that tackles topics ranging from the Yale endowment to passive fixed income funds and the hurdles facing active managers. Diversify broadly across unique sources of risk and return, Larry Swedroe tells Bloomberg ETF IQ host Scarlet Fu in an interview that tackles…

Active Management Can’t Crack Inefficient Markets

Larry Swedroe unpacks the newly released year-end 2017 SPIVA report and its look at active management’s underwhelming performance. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) scorecards, which compare the performance of actively managed equity mutual funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. The 2017 report includes 15 years of data. Following…

Persistence Among Active Managers Remains Elusive

The latest SPIVA scorecard is out, and Larry Swedroe unpacks results that show persistence in performance beyond the randomly expected remains out of reach for active managers. Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its biannual Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) reports, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks….

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