Active or Passive? The Majority of Professional Investors Say “Both.”
Whether you are a financial advisor or an individual investor, when developing a long-term investment plan, it’s critical to incorporate a mix of active and passive vehicles in your portfolio. Why? Simply because certain investment outcomes are best met by using active management while others cannot be achieved through passive investing alone.
Index funds work well when combined with active management, and vice versa. Active management enables investors to navigate complexity, customize portfolios, better manage risk, capitalize on specific skills or profit from market inefficiencies. Passive management helps to reduce costs, especially in more efficient market segments.
There’s broad agreement among professionals that most investors benefit from a combination of active and passive. According to Cerulli, 75% of financial advisers agree that active and passive complement each other. A recent Blackrock survey found that institutional investors do not see active/passive as an either-or choice, and two-thirds seek the right combination of active and index equity strategies to meet their investment outcomes.
Active management offers numerous benefits from customization to tax management to an ability to seize on market dislocations. For example, during the October-December sell-off in late 2018, the number of funds beating their benchmarks rose “sharply” demonstrating that managers have an ability to respond quickly to changing market conditions.
Many institutional investors prefer active management for providing exposure to non-correlated asset classes (74%), accessing emerging market opportunities (75%), generating stable income (58%), and implementing environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies (68%).