Yesterday I talked about what I deemed to be some rather harsh and somewhat insulting comments coming from the passive investing camp and being directed toward those who have a different opinion of how to invest. While I agree with the idea of being more passive and using indexes (which we do in practice), I – like many others – have grown increasingly perturbed at the level of discourse between the disciplines, particularly online.

But in my plea to the passive indexing authorities, I used a very unfortunate metaphor in comparing their rigidity and fundamentalist ideology to that of the Taliban. After speaking with some friends, it had occurred to me that I was essentially doing the exact thing that I was asking others not to – inadvertently insulting others to get a point across.

The metaphor is not an apt description of the passive investing writers, whom I had mentioned I had a lot of respect for. I wish I had made my same points but without having used it.

Dan Solin does a lot of good and saves the people who read his views from making big mistakes with their retirement investing. The only negative I meant to convey is that sometimes his points are made at the expense of others – people who do their best but may disagree with the passive philosophy.

I wanted to clarify that and apologize specifically to Dan, whose message I agree with even if I don’t always like the way he chooses to present it. I should have drawn a different comparison if my aim was to engender a more harmonious discussion. My clunky metaphor may have accomplished the exact opposite effect and for that I’m sorry.




This content, which contains security-related opinions and/or information, is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon in any manner as professional advice, or an endorsement of any practices, products or services. There can be no guarantees or assurances that the views expressed here will be applicable for any particular facts or circumstances, and should not be relied upon in any manner. You should consult your own advisers as to legal, business, tax, and other related matters concerning any investment.

The commentary in this “post” (including any related blog, podcasts, videos, and social media) reflects the personal opinions, viewpoints, and analyses of the Ritholtz Wealth Management employees providing such comments, and should not be regarded the views of Ritholtz Wealth Management LLC. or its respective affiliates or as a description of advisory services provided by Ritholtz Wealth Management or performance returns of any Ritholtz Wealth Management Investments client.

References to any securities or digital assets, or performance data, are for illustrative purposes only and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services. Charts and graphs provided within are for informational purposes solely and should not be relied upon when making any investment decision. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The content speaks only as of the date indicated. Any projections, estimates, forecasts, targets, prospects, and/or opinions expressed in these materials are subject to change without notice and may differ or be contrary to opinions expressed by others.

Wealthcast Media, an affiliate of Ritholtz Wealth Management, receives payment from various entities for advertisements in affiliated podcasts, blogs and emails. Inclusion of such advertisements does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof, or any affiliation therewith, by the Content Creator or by Ritholtz Wealth Management or any of its employees. Investments in securities involve the risk of loss. For additional advertisement disclaimers see here:

Please see disclosures here.

What's been said:

Discussions found on the web
  1. farming simulator 2019 mods commented on Sep 12

    farming simulator 2019 mods

    […]Every as soon as in a while we opt for blogs that we read. Listed below would be the latest web sites that we opt for […]

  2. erotic podcast commented on Sep 13

    erotic podcast

    […]Every the moment inside a whilst we pick blogs that we study. Listed below would be the newest web pages that we opt for […]

  3. Stepfamily Porn Online commented on Sep 14

    Stepfamily Porn Online

    […]one of our guests lately recommended the following website[…]

  4. Stepfamily Porn Online commented on Sep 14

    Stepfamily Porn Online

    […]here are some links to websites that we link to simply because we think they may be really worth visiting[…]

  5. mtproto تلگرام commented on Sep 14

    vpn ایفون

    Do you have a spam difficulty on this website I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation numerous of us have developed some great techniques and we are seeking to trade strategies with others, why not shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  6. houses for sale in downey ca commented on Sep 16

    houses for sale in downey ca

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nevertheless seriously worth taking a look, whoa did one find out about Mid East has got far more problerms as well […]

  7. Dolce and Gabbana commented on Sep 16

    Dolce and Gabbana

    […]check beneath, are some entirely unrelated web-sites to ours, on the other hand, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[…]

  8. سكس مترجم commented on Sep 17

    سكس مترجم

    […]Here is a good Weblog You might Locate Intriguing that we Encourage You[…]

  9. Jimmy Choo commented on Sep 17

    Jimmy Choo

    […]Here are several of the web-sites we advocate for our visitors[…]

  10. Givenchy commented on Sep 18


    […]Every when inside a though we choose blogs that we read. Listed below would be the most current internet sites that we decide on […]

  11. Cashback and deals website commented on Sep 20

    Cashback and deals website

    […]always a large fan of linking to bloggers that I like but really don’t get a whole lot of link appreciate from[…]

  12. خرید وی پی ان commented on Sep 20

    vpn ایفون

    It’s heading to be finish of mine day, even so before complete I am studying this wonderful post to enhance my encounter.

  13. خرید vpn پر سرعت commented on Sep 20

    vpn ایفون

    The knowledge talked about inside of the report are some of the most effective obtainable.

  14. سرویس وی پی ان commented on Sep 21

    vpn ایفون

    Fantastic blog! Is your topic custom produced or did you obtain it from someplace? A style like yours with a couple of basic adjustements would truly make my blog stand out. Please allow me know in which you got your layout. Bless you

  15. 4 bedroom terraced duplexes for sale in nigeria commented on Sep 21

    4 bedroom terraced duplexes for sale in nigeria

    […]check beneath, are some completely unrelated websites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[…]