Mutual funds things they don’t disclose

This is a nice summary of the flaws in many mutual funds published on Market Watch. Too many mutual funds are simply index fundsimages disguised as something else. And most of the rest are simply attempts to market a product that isn’t designed to actually add value (but sounds fancy enough to accumulate assets). If you missed John Bogle’s discussion on the flaws in the mutual fund industry you should watch it here.

The 10 things via Market Watch:

1. “Cheap funds often outperform pricey ones.”

2. “We can’t beat the market.”

3. “When skill fails, we just double (or quintuple) our odds.”

4. “People aren’t buying our product…” Continue reading “Mutual funds things they don’t disclose”

Cost Matter in all forms of Efficient Markets

John C. Bogle the renowned name in the mutual funds shared some thoughts long back saying Whatever the form of theA EMH, I know of no serious academic, professional money manager, trained security analyst, or intelligent individual investor who would disagree with the thrust of EMH: The stock market itself is a demanding taskmaster. It sets a high hurdle that few investors can leap.

University of Chicago Professor Eugene F. Fama had performed enough analysis of the ever-increasing volume of stock price data to validate this “random walk” hypothesis, rechristened as the efficient market hypothesis (EMH). Today, the intellectual arguments against the EMH religion are few. The church, however, has three different dogmas. Princeton Professor Burton Malkiel describes them: the weak form (stock price changes over time are statistically independent); the semi-strong form (prices quickly reflect new value-changing information); and the strong form (professional managers are unable to accurately forecast the future prices of individual stocks). Continue reading “Cost Matter in all forms of Efficient Markets”