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In Focus - Active Vs Passive


The incoming RDR has brought increasing focus on investment charges, with many advisers and commentators suggesting that passive funds would likely grow in popularity. This has brought attention once again to the debate between active and passive funds and which are more suitable for different clients.


Investments| Jul 21, 2015

Market View: Importance of transparency

Disclosing a fund’s active share to investors could help them to decide if the fees are justified.

Investments| Jun 12, 2015

Anti-benchmark firm finds UK wealth manager traction

President and founder resigned to being classed as ‘smart beta’ but calls passive investment “dumb”.

Investments| May 11, 2015

Market View: Sign up to IA principle

Could a new initiative from the IA fix what is afflicting actively managed funds in the UK?

Investments| May 07, 2015

ETFs poised to outstrip hedge funds

Research firm predicts total assets in ETFs will overtake hedge funds in the second quarter.

Investments| Apr 27, 2015

‘Next generation’ passives revolution on way

Experts predict new generation of ETFs will transform face of passive investing.

Investments| Apr 20, 2015

Passive fund rating service to be launched by FE Trustnet

Research group outlines passive fund ratings for advisers which launches this week.

Analysis & Opinion
Passive road is almost as rocky as an active one

FTAdviser BlogonInvestments| Mar 16, 2015

Passive road is almost as rocky as an active one

Passives are a simple way to get exposure to markets without trying to understand a fund managers process.

Passive zealots are actively deluding themselves

FTAdviser BlogonInvestments| Nov 25, 2014

Passive zealots are actively deluding themselves

Vast majority who are zealously passive do not have any inkling that they are making active investment decisions every day.

Recent Articles
  1. Investments| Apr 15, 2015

    Industry view: The art of being unpopular

    Research indicates that when taking a contrarian position, patience is an underrated virtue.

  2. Investments| Mar 10, 2015

    Vanguard’s UK head Rampulla to head back to US

    Passives giant says John James, managing director of Vanguard Australia, will lead the UK and European business.

  3. Investments| Jan 14, 2015

    Rathbones’ Coombs warns investors to be wary of oil ETFs

    Bargain-hungry investors have been piling into oil exchange-traded funds (ETFs) but David Coombs warns they may not know exactly what they’re buying.

  4. Investments| Nov 11, 2014

    Morningstar View: The smart beta conundrum

    Strategic beta ETFs are all the rage, but do they pose a threat to active fund managers?

  5. Investments| Nov 10, 2014

    LGIM eyes retail smart beta product roll-out

    LGIM started offering institutional smart beta in 2006 and has been expanding its range of offerings since then.

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