The ‘active/passive’ debate

How to approach active and passive investing

Should you go for active or passive investments? In general, we’d say active, as we believe they provide more value in many ways. And we have the rationale and track records to support that view. But we also recognise that passive management can have a role to play when cost and simplicity are key considerations.

Most active managers in most asset classes outperform passive comparisons. We have a strong and experienced manager and fund selection team, with a successful track record of picking better active managers, which further improves the odds for active management.

In this video, Ian Aylward, Head of Manager and Fund Selection, discusses our reasons to believe that, as we head into 2018, the opportunity set for active managers may be turning in their favour.


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