While VLT for the S&P 500 continued to trend lower in November, the DJIA calculation edged higher and triggered a new BUY signal. The message could soon get more confusing: A BUY signal for the Russell 2000 would be triggered if that index closes December above 1,813, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ would have to climb more than 11% and 15%, respectively, to trigger a VLT BUY.
Herein, we examine the new surge of indexing on the part of pension funds, explaining why we think it may be just the wrong time to be abandoning active investment management. While ultimately most equity managers can be expected to underperform the averages, the timing of the current rush to indexing may be all wrong. Shades of the late 1970’s!
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