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Does It Ever Make Sense to Index Portfolios?

Not for mutual funds but perhaps for hedge funds.

John Rekenthaler, CFA 03 October, 2019 | 18:24

An Unpopular Idea

Almost nobody thinks that indexing investment portfolios makes sense.

There are a few exceptions. Certain versions of hedge fund indexes exist. Clearly, some people will defend the proposition. However, I have never met any of them, except for Andy Lo in passing. When Bloomberg's Matt Levine scoffed at indexing hedge funds, he spoke for nearly all investment researchers. Morningstar's team, for example, is universally skeptical.

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John Rekenthaler, CFA  John Rekenthaler has been researching the fund industry since 1988. He is now a columnist for Morningstar.com and a member of Morningstar's investment research department. John is quick to point out that while Morningstar typically agrees with the views of the Rekenthaler Report, his views are his own.

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