Faculty Publications


Is the S&P 500 the Next Bubble?

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Spring 2011


One of the most well-established findings in the body of scholarly research on Mutual Fund Performance is that actively managed funds have typically underperformed passively managed funds on a net-of-fees basis. Investors’ realization of this has spurred a trend toward index fund investing over the past 20 years. Currently, more mutual fund assets track the S&P 500® than any other index. Figure 1 below illustrates the trend towards index fund investing and the preponderance of the S&P 500®.