I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss these two posts, both extremely important.
First, Ben Carlson takes issue with the concept that “90% of a 60/40 portfolio’s risk is concentrated in the equity portion.” It’s empirically true if measured using volatility, but it’s one of those things that is not really true in real life or in actual practice. I promise that if you read this, you will get a little bit smarter. I know I did.
What if I told you that actively managed funds just experienced their 33rd month of consecutive net outflows last month? You’d probably be wondering how, if at all, this industry could even survive another few years. What if I told you that Vanguard took in more money last year than iShares, SPDR, Fidelity, and Dimensional combined?!? These astonishing facts and many more as Michael Batnick wades through the 2016 Morningstar Report on fund flows. It’s pretty incredible to see it all collected in one place and to think about the magnitude of this shift.