IndexInvest innovated a range of strategies incorporating the attributes of Australian and global financial markets indices. These highly liquid financial instruments are cost effective and provide enormous diversification. Quite simply, with fewer index based investments than stocks and shares, our ability to comprehensively research financial markets is enhanced. In addition, research persistenty affirms greater than 70% of actively managed funds do not outperform the index against which they are measured.

Realising that all actively managed funds (as opposed to passive index funds) are considerably more expensive – up to ten times more expensive – one must ask the question “am I wasting my time and money investing in actively managed funds?”. Data reflected in the below table indicates over various time periods just how substantially the active funds in each asset class underperform the index. On average, the longer the time frame for investment, the greater the underperformance of active funds. Given most investors invest for the medium to long term, the underperformance impacts future wealth.

Percentage of Funds outperformed by the Index (%)
Fund Category Quarter 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years
Australian shares 72.59 72.73 81.12 69.01
Australian share small cap 16.00 15.79 20.73 20.78
International shares 84.25 88.37 80.99 72.92
Australian bonds 90.32 100.00 75.76 92.11
Australian equity A-REIT (ASX listed Property) 93.59 86.42 88.37 65.12

A significant appeal is the lower management fee an investors pays compared with actively managed funds. Many of these active funds have expense ratios of 2.0% p.a. or more, whereas many index funds have an expense ratio of around 0.4% p.a., some even lower! The reason the costs are lower is because an index fund is not actively managed Investing. IndexInvest is a specialist analyst and investment manager focused on achieving reliable and consistent returns for our clients.

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