Most of the people who paid a mutual fund manager in the last decade would have done better by investing in a passive index fund at a much lower cost, according to new research.
NerdWallet published this finding in a summary of results from a survey that examines more than 24,000 mutual funds and ETFS available to U.S. investors for the ten-year period ending on December 31, 2013. Of these, 7,943 were in existence for the full ten years.
The asset-weighted average return of the actively managed mutual funds over this period was 6.50% while the passively managed index products averaged 7.30%, the report states. Similarly, for equity funds the average return was 7.19% for active managers and 7.65% for passive funds.