Judging Funds

There are dozens of awards for the best fund   manager. They may be based on faulty analysis. Is there an alternative?

There is enough evidence that over the long term, fund managers engaged in smart stock-picking are not able to do much better than the indices and, therefore, also than the funds that are tied passively to such indices. The exceptional stock-pickers among fund managers are...

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  • How Hedge Funds Outperform

    Even hedge funds cannot time the market, points out a recent study. They do plain old stock-picking in a better way

    It is well-known that hedge funds (meant for institutional investors) beat mutual funds (meant for retail investors) over most periods. How do they do it? Public image and knowledge of hedge funds is hazy. Often, media reports blame the hedge funds for extreme market volatility....

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  • Small Is Not Beautiful

    The empirical evidence that small-cap stocks do better than large-cap stocks is thin

    Do smaller stocks do better than large-caps? Belief is widespread that they do. Mutual funds are bringing a plethora of schemes to buy mid-cap and small-cap stocks. DSP Merrill Lynch is even launching a scheme to invest in micro-caps. But James Montier, Global Equity Strategist of Dresdner Kleinwort has done...

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