For Some Active Funds, Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

For Some Active Funds, Luck Has Nothing to Do With It

On average, actively managed funds do poorly. But there are some outliers, and their records are so compelling that it’s hard to attribute the success to luck.

For a growing number of investors, actively managed mutual funds seem like dinosaurs. The active funds are expensive and lag the benchmarks, say proponents of passive investing. Confronted with a top-performing active manager, the critics shrug and argue that the great returns could be due to luck. Just because an active manager shined for the past five years does not mean that he will succeed in the future.

Many academic studies support the use of index funds. On average, actively ma

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