Question of the Day: Over a recent 15 year period, what percent of professionals investing in large companies "beat the market?"

Nov 12, 2018
Investing, Behavioral Finance, Index Funds, Mutual Funds

Answer: Only 8% (All Large Cap Funds vs. the benchmark S&P 500)


  • Why do you think professionals struggle to "beat the market?"
  • Why do you think investors continue to invest their money with professionals despite their record of not being able to "beat the market?"
  • Your friend says "you are better off investing with professionals instead of buying a simple index fund (e.g., S&P 500) that matches the market return." Do you agree or disagree based on the data above? 

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Behind the numbers (SPIVA mid-year 2018 report):

Similarly, over the 15-year investment horizon, 92.43% of large-cap managers, 95.13% of mid-cap managers, and 97.70% of small-cap managers failed to outperform on a relative basis.


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.