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Does it ever make sense to buy actively managed funds?

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Tooney
Tooney
3 months ago

Yes. Buying an actively managed mutual fund the right way is one way to learn about investing. The first three or four funds I invested in were actively managed. I learned what mutual funds were, how funds compared, dollar cost averaging, funds are volatile, the value of re-investing distributions, and holding for the long term. I have held several of those funds for 30 years, and they have been excellent investments.

I know lots of people who invest only in bank accounts and home ownership because that’s all they know. Using an actively managed mutual fund could teach them a lot about investing.

Make investing too complicated “active/passive management, indexing, high/low expenses” can scare people off.

Moesha
Moesha
5 months ago

Given current conditions, yes if you feel the need to have short-term bonds.

Kurt S
Kurt S
10 months ago

I am usually an individual stock guy. Sometimes I will buy a closed-end fund selling at its historically high discount. Been 95% stocks, 5% cash for decades. Social Security will be my fixed income. Today it would be like owning $2.3M in a 10-yr govt. bond. See no good reason to own any more fixed income. Obviously, stock market volatility doesn’t bother me.

Mike Zaccardi
Mike Zaccardi
1 year ago

As long as the costs (expense ratios) are low, that’s all that really matters. It appears that ex-US and EM funds can do fine or better than index funds, but you just have to be careful you don’t performance chase. It’s funny to look at the investment lineups in 401k plans – they often feature some index funds and a slew of the last 10 years’ hottest active funds. And guess what many participants go for… thankfully, target-date funds are becoming mainstays in plan lineups nowawadays.

Richard Gore
Richard Gore
1 year ago

I know the stats, but I only buy individual stocks or actively managed funds. I think the key is to have confidence in what you own so you don’t panic in the panics.

Carl Book
Carl Book
1 year ago

I would never recommend an actively managed fund. It is just too hard to beat the averages after expenses are considered. If you know you can generate an average return, why would you risk under-performing the market average?

Adam Grossman
Adam Grossman
1 year ago

I do think it makes sense on the bond side, and especially in the international bond space. If a bond index is market cap weighted, what you’re doing when you buy the index is to buy more of the most heavily indebted entities. That’s never struck me as a good idea.

Carl Book
Carl Book
1 year ago
Reply to  Adam Grossman

I’ve never read any articles comparing the returns of index funds versus active funds. I suspect bond funds are not that different from stock funds.
Expenses matter and it is hard to beat averages over time.

Marc Bisbal Arias
Marc Bisbal Arias
1 year ago
Reply to  Adam Grossman

Interesting point. What would you say is a decent management fee to pay for an active bond fund?

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