Active versus Passive

Whether to use active or passive management is one of the most divisive discussions in the world of investments. Money talks, and more of it flows to passively managed assets each day. Some say passive management is freeloading, anti-competitive and that hard work should be what drives results. Others say that one should be humble enough to admit that “alpha,” or above-market return driven by the unique insights of the manager, is a mirage. In this paper, we discuss:

• Beating the index — is it possible to identify managers who can use their insights to outperform the market?
• Top tips for finding reliable outperformance
• Proper governance and investment beliefs — the way an investor engages with active management is critical

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