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On today’s Intelligent Money Minute, we’ll interview Larry Swedroe on the difficulty of consistently outperforming the market. Over time, the markets are becoming more efficient, consequently making it harder for active managers to outperform. In this episode, Larry explains some reasons why there’s little to no evidence of persistence of outperformance. We have several upcoming podcasts that will feature Larry, so be sure to subscribe to our podcasts, if you haven’t already.
He breaks the numbers down using an example from Charles Ellis’ white paper. According to Larry, if we look at history, around 20 years ago only 20% of managers were outperforming before taxes. After taxes, it was about 10% and currently, it is approximately 2% of managers outperform before taking into consideration taxes. Unfortunately, no advisor can consistently deliver outperformance in the market. At Intelligent Investing, we believe the dominant determinant of long-term, real-life returns will be the behavior of the client and advisor. This is why we strongly believe in behavioral teamwork.
To learn more about our behavioral coaching, go to our philosophy page. You can also read “The Loser’s Game” by Charles Ellis here. We’ll be interviewing Larry on several podcasts regarding markets, passive investing, and diversification, so be sure to subscribe to our Intelligent Money Minute podcasts.
Larry was among the first authors to publish a book that explained the science of investing in layman’s terms, “The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need.” He has since authored seven more books.
Larry Swedroe Bio
Since joining the Buckingham Strategic Wealth in 1996, Chief Research Officer Larry Swedroe has spent his time and energy educating investors on the benefits of evidence-based investing.
In his role as chief research officer and as a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and Board of Directors, Larry regularly reviews the findings published in dozens of peer-reviewed financial journals, evaluates the outcomes and uses the result to inform the firm’s formal investment strategy recommendations.
Larry’s dedication to helping others has made him a sought-after national speaker. He has made appearances on national television shows airing on NBC, CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg Personal Finance. Larry is a prolific writer, contributing regularly to multiple outlets, including Advisor Perspectives and ETF.com.
Before joining Buckingham, Larry was vice chairman of Prudential Home Mortgage and senior vice president at Citicorp.
Larry holds an MBA in finance and investment from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College.