Understanding actively managed funds

Among the greatest divides present in investment is the topic of active funds in comparison to passive funds. Although some investors opt for passively managed funds that mimic a specific market index’s ups and downs, other prefer an actively managed fund.

This involves a fund manager and a team of expert researchers selecting shares that they believe will ultimately perform best. Read on as we take a closer look at how and actively managed fund works.

The idea behind active funds is that the combined value of the fund manager’s skill and the team’s research capabilities will enable them to figure out which shares will likely excel.

Active funds often utilise a stock market index for a benchmark in order to measure performance levels. The benchmark that is chosen is typically comparable to the dedicated stock portfolio assembled by the fund manager. For instance, an active fund manager who purchases shares in the United Kingdom may employ the FTSE All-Share index for their benchmark.

The returns gained from a fund over a term is measured against the selected benchmark. A fund manager who can provide higher returns than the benchmark is outperforming, while one that provides lower returns than the benchmark is underperforming.

Those around the UK seeking investment advice in Chester, Birmingham and other cities sometimes look to wealth managers to create portfolios that combine passive and active funds. If you’d like to discuss your current portfolio or wish to build a new one, contact us today at Hartey Wealth Management for guidance.


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