All You Need To Know About Passive Investing
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If you’re looking for a simple investment strategy that’ll give you a good chance of beating the average fund manager, passive investing might well be for you.
What You Need To Know About Passive Investing And How To Do It
Active Investing Or Passive Investing? That Is The Question!
In 2016, Michael Gove suggested that Britain had had enough of experts. Had he been talking about fund managers, he may well have had a point.
According to FT Adviser, in 2017, active fund selection is no better than a coin toss, with just 53 per cent of the 2,100 equity funds examined beating their benchmark.
Perhaps one of the reasons for the lack of performance by the experts was active fund managers’ hidden fees and charges.
If you’re unimpressed by your active fund performance, or the amount of time you have to dedicate to making investment decisions, or the money you’re spending with advisers or discretionary fund managers to do it for you, it’s worth getting to grips with passive investing.
According to ‘A Guide To Passive Investing In The UK’...
You don’t worry about what the price of gold is doing this week. Nor do you spend days buried in company reports trying to evaluate stocks.
There’s no need to time the market, pick winning companies, or convince yourself that you have the special powers required to beat other investors – especially since the vast army of superbly equipped professionals you’re up against can’t reliably outperform, either.
As a passive investor, you refuse to play The City’s game. Instead you use low-cost funds called index trackers to reap the market’s return and get rich slowly.
The guide comprises a series of really informative articles arranged in the following sections:
- How Passive Investing Works (six articles)
- Diversification (four articles)
- Asset Allocation (four articles)
- Model Portfolios: Ideas For Passive Portfolios (four articles)
- How To Buy Your First Index Tracker (two articles)
- Cutting Costs (five articles)
- The Simplest Solution Of All (one article)
- Planning (six articles)
- How To Buy Low And Sell High – Rebalancing (one article)
- Resources (two articles)
Check out the full guide to passive investing.
The Rise Of Passive Investing
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