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Now Is the Time for Actively Managed Funds, Cremers Tells WSJ

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"Now is the time for actively managed funds, as long as they are truly active," asserted Cremers. Among his reasons:

  • For portfolios "stuffed with passive products," active management "provides critical diversification in this time of heightened volatility."
  • "Avoid the noise." Rather than using the average performance of actively managed funds as a basis for comparison, "more-detailed distinctions among active funds" can lead to "insights with more statistical confidence."
  • Active Share, the proportion of a fund’s holdings that differs from that fund’s benchmark, can help "distinguish between truly active funds and those closely matching their benchmark indexes."
  • Active management may provide protection in volatile markets as indexed products "tend to be highly correlated with markets, and with each other."

"Truly active funds with high-conviction strategies help investors in the long run," concluded Cremers.

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