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8 Oct 2016 (AFR) – Passive products are basking in the glow of active’s record – Active versus passive rivalry keeps Australian fund managers sharp

(8 October 2016, AFR, p16, by Vesna Poljak)

‘The heat on the active funds management industry from the growing interest in passive products such as exchange traded funds and index funds means no stockpicker can afford to drop their game. Or so it seems. This past week, S&P Dow Jones Indices published some damning findings. In a one to five-year report covering 608 Australian equity funds, 294 international equity funds, and 66 Australian bond funds, it showed that the majority of Australian active funds in most categories fail to beat the index over three and five years. And all funds – except for mid and small-caps – were outperformed by their benchmarks over one, three and five-year periods. International equity, Australian bond, and A-REIT strategies “significantly underperformed”. ‘

Read more at AFR.com (might need AFR login access, or try: AFR.com/trial)

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