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Active fund management is a fool’s errand

By James Saft

Institutions do better than individuals at active fund management, but given that both come out losers the underlying message is that picking stocks and bonds is a game neither group should play.

The vast majority of all mutual fund and institutional accounts failed to keep pace with their benchmarks over the past decade, according to a new report from S&P Dow Jones Indices examining the impact of fees. 

And while institutional accounts, owned by large and deep-pocketed investors with formal selection processes, usually performed better than their mutual fund peers, the difference is almost always not because their managers are better. Instead, institutions are better at negotiating lower fees.

In other words, and we’ve learned this before, active fund management is a fool’s errand. Institutional accounts did better, but it was all a little like the old joke in which the man frequents a restaurant because “the food is terrible, but the portions are large.”

Unless you are an active mutual fund investor, in which case your terrible food is a bit more expensive.

The report examined the impact of fees on mutual fund and institutional account performance over the past decade, using data from the University of Chicago and eVestment Alliance.

“Across various categories within the domestic equity space, the overwhelming majority of active managers, both retail and institutional, lagged their respective benchmarks,” according to the report.

“Overall findings suggest that on a gross- or net-of-fees basis, the US equity space poses meaningful challenges for active managers to overcome.”

“Meaningful challenge” is somewhere between kind and a massive understatement.

Among large-cap equity mandates benchmarked to the S&P 500, 84.60 percent of mutual funds underperformed the market over 10 years after fees are deducted, as well as 79.58 percent of institutional accounts. Looking at the same category gross of fees mutual funds bested institutions slightly, in that only 68.16 percent of them failed to match market return over 10 years, as compared to 69.20 percent of institutional accounts.

This illustrates both that institutions are better positioned to drive a hard bargain, but for a service which is effectively giving them what they deserve good and hard.

Wait, I can almost hear the active managers say, “you are cherry-picking data”.

“If only,” I can only ruefully reply.

Net of fees 95 percent of large-cap growth mutual funds and 90 percent of institutional accounts lagged. The same statistics for mid-cap core funds were 98 and 95 percent, respectively. My sense of fairness impels me to tell you that in only one of the 17 categories of domestic equities did active mutual funds outperform, and that is large-cap value funds, where only 47 percent failed to keep pace with their benchmark, gross of fees. Take fees into account, of course, and that number grows to 64 percent. - Reuters
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