Factor Investing Can Keep Active Management Relevant

Despite its recent troubles, active management remains relevant, but its future “lies in low expenses that allow investors to enjoy a comfortable share of returns,” according to a recent article posted on ETF.com. The article cites comments by Tom Rampulla, managing director of Vanguard Financial Advisor Service, who argues that active managers have to employ factor and smart-beta investing, referred to as an “evolutionary stage of active” that can “benefit client portfolios.” According to Rampulla, active management “simply costs too much,” and he argues that the underperformance of such managers is worsening, exacerbated by the glut of investment professionals in […]