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By: Sam Instone

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July 23rd, 2018

Are index funds becoming too popular?

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Index funds are a very efficient way to invest.

Ordinary investors can gain exposure to a large number of securities.

At very low cost.

So, what’s the problem?

Passively managed funds have grown in popularity in recent years.

Some argue we may be heading for an indexing bubble.

Should investors be worried?

Will this popularity adversely affect the overall market?

Passive investing, index funds, exchange-traded funds have been growing at a pace that has far outstripped the growth of traditionally actively managed funds.

They are still far less popular…

But that’s changing fast.

Because the odds of a portfolio of index funds outperforming one of actively managed funds is strikingly high.

Many active managers feel threatened.

Their territory is being encroached upon.

Their high costs are being revealed.

On average the cost of an actively managed fund is 2.45%pa, compared to 0.41%pa for index funds.

This is before all the other associated costs.

It's not surprising Wall Street hates them.

Are the fears surrounding passives overblown?

Probably.

Frankly, they are being fanned by those who are threatened by them.

Find out more about passively managed funds

About Sam Instone

Sam Instone, Director at AES International, is passionate about positive change and ensuring international investors get better results.

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