Fund Selection: Sense and Sensibility

Guido Baltussen, Stan Beckers, Jan Jaap Hazenberg, Willem Van Der Scheer

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Studying a comprehensive universe of European-domiciled cross-border UCITS equity and fixed income funds we find that (i) active equity funds on average outperform passive alternatives before fees by about the level of the fees, (ii) active fixed income funds underperform on a net basis, (iii) fees consume a significant part of the value added of active management, (iv) simple fund selection rules help to identify the better active managers. Finally, we develop the concept of minimum required selection skill and find that investors in actively managed funds could meet this hurdle provided fees are limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-48
Number of pages19
JournalFinancial Analysts Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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