It is not often that you hear someone question the wisdom of one of Warren Buffett’s strategies, and it is even rarer for someone to come right out and say that he is wrong. The Oracle of Omaha enjoys a certain amount of reverence within the financial investment markets and due to this most criticism of him and his strategies is quite muted. This was not the case earlier this year when Capital Group’s Tim Armour came out and called Warren Buffett’s passive investment strategy flat out wrong. Actually, Tim does expand his thoughts to agree that Buffett is correct in his belief that far too many money managers are mediocre at best.
Armour’s success Capital Group shows just how a competent money manager can and will realize impressive returns for their clients. It is true that many passive index funds are better performers than poorly managed funds that follow active strategies that are misguided. Armour believes that while yes, there are investors who would be better off in a passive fund, the best place to park one’s money is in a fund that is actively managed by a successful strategist investment . In reality what Armour is saying is that there should not be a need for passive index funds if all money managers were performing their jobs in a competent manner.
Tim Armour financial insider and is the current Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of Capital Group, a firm he has led for many years. His work with the American Funds makes him one of the world’s largest money managers. Armour is a strong advocate of active management and believes that funds should provide investors a reasonable rate of return for a reasonable fee. It will be interesting to see how Warren Buffett’s claim pans out and see if the S&P does outperform the basket of funds that he selected. Of course with Warren Buffett involved there is a strong chance that he will emerge a winner, as will the charity to which he pledged $1 million if he is, in fact, proved correct in his prognostication.
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