There are two schools of thought when it comes to stock portfolio management: one that is active and robust, and the other which is passive and simply tracks to established indecies. Warren Buffet has made the claim that a portfolio tied to the S&P 500 will outperform the results realized by top fund managers as well as hedge fund leaders. And of course he was correct.However, Tim Armour recently argued on CNBC’s website that there is a lot more to this debate. He posits the theory that passive funds may out perform mediocre and below average managers, but there are plenty of portfolio managers out there that regularly out perform the indices. In fact, Armour believes that passive management is fraught with pitfalls and the potential for significant losses. There are many risks that canbe avoided with active, competent management, and on the flip side, there are many more gains to be made with this strategy.
Tim Armour believes that incompetent management along with excessive fees are the main reasons for low returns in actively managed funds. With reasonable fees and trades that are thoughtfully and economically executed, there is absolutely no reason why a strongly managed fund would not out perform any index over a reasonable period of time.Speaking out with a viewpoint that is counter to Warren Buffet’s takes some courage, and Tim Armour has shown their his successful run as Chairman of the Capital Group, that he is one with a healthy amount of courage.
Through his work with the American Funds, Armour has helped many, many Americans to maximize their retirement funds. Armour believes that with most people in charge of their own retirement future, it is key to provide them with useful advice to help them to be successful.While Armour does agree with Buffett on many topics, he is a strong proponent for active fund management and disagrees with Buffett’s statement that passive management with always outperform passive funds.