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Change of Market Shares

Samuel A. Kiburz Dec 7, 2022
Chart talks about the shift from active to passive throughout different types of investments


Today’s Chart of the Day comes from @MorningstarInc and @MstarBenJohnson on Twitter. It shows the change from actively to passively managed investments over the last 10 years.

We often talk about this shift from active to passive, but it's interesting to see that it is not uniform throughout the different types of investments. For instance, in “alternative” investments such as private equity, hedge funds, and long-short funds, the industry’s use of passive investments only went from 1% to 11%.

In commodities, however, passive investments went from 0% to 70%.  I suspect passive works better in commodities since the alpha, the opportunity to outperform, is low and low costs are a primary driver of returns.

We primarily use Taxable Bonds and US Equity, and they went from 6% to 40% and 17% to 57%, respectively.  Again, primarily from the low alpha and low costs.

It will be interesting to see what the percentages are in 2032.

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