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Dear Dr. Don,
Do you recommend investing in actively managed mutual funds or exchange-traded funds?
That’s a complex question. There’s the more basic choice between investing in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, and then the decision of whether to pursue an active investment strategy.
First, we need to distinguish between trading and investing. A trader moves in and out of financial securities trying to capture short-term price changes. A trader would lean toward ETFs because they trade intraday, while mutual funds trade at the end of the day. A trader also would be attracted to ETFs because they don’t have the redemption fees and other features that many mutual funds have implemented to discourage people from trading in and out of their funds.
So, a trader would lean toward ETFs. An investor can make the case for either type of investment vehicle.
Active management of your investment portfolio means your investment managers look to “beat the market.” With a passive investment strategy, such as indexing, the investment manager is looking to “be the market.”