Myths About Passive Investment
There is a big amount of false info that’s been circulating about the subject of active and passive investment. As a matter of fact, it stirs a lot of debate to many for quite some time. Apart from that, there is much at stake from salaries of fund managers to retiree’s savings. What’s unfortunate for investors is that, it is not possible to try out other investment opportunities. Instead, choosing a strategy has to do with great deal of analysis and research. Regardless if you are rooting for active or passive, it is extremely important that you make yourself aware of the facts from fiction in order to come up with a well informed decision to how you can invest your hard earned money in the best way possible.
To help refining the debate between the two subjects, here are facts that have to be cleared up regarding passive investment.
Number 1. There is no action – if just passive investing is that simple to the point that you just need to place money in index fund and wait for all money to roll in. Well the truth is, passive investors can actually be performers of portfolio observation, discipline and construction.
The action starts by allocating money strategically among the varieties of asset classes that help in attaining long term financial goal when developing a portfolio together with passive investments such as index funds. Say that these allocations have changed, more action will be found with passive investors especially those who are rebalancing their portfolio diligently by making trades return to assets back to its original level.
Number 2. Passive investing attains returns that are below market averages – yes this is true mainly because of the cost but, average returns are in eye of investors. Index funds are seeking to replicate market index so even if they do accurately, it will still be below average for the net of fees. On the other hand, index funds normally have lower costs compared to active funds meaning, they have better probabilities of getting near market averages for a long period of time.
Active funds are charging higher fees as well for personnel to do research and trades which eats away at returns as well as contribute to abysmal historical record of either matching or beating market averages.
Number 3. Passive investing is deemed as cookie-cutter strategy – the detractors of passive investment believe that it can’t beat its counterpart, the active investments because they’re not managed tactfully to change with market swings or to take advantage of future events. But, there’s actually a benefit from the uniformity of passive investing since same strategy can be applied from one investor to the other.