No Big Edge For More-Active Funds

The prevailing wisdom is that the market for equities in emerging markets is less efficient than in developed markets. Unfortunately, the evidence doesn’t support this hypothesis. For instance, the S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA) scorecard showed that over the 10-year period ending June 2015, 92% of actively managed emerging market funds underperformed their benchmark, the S&P/IFCI Composite Index.

On an equal-weighted basis, the full universe of actively managed funds returned 7.2% over that period and underperformed the benchmark by 1.9 percentage points. On an asset-weighted basis, the underperformance was 1.2 percentage points.

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