Alger on the Money – What Goes Down Must Go Up
The percentage of active-fund assets outperforming the S&P 500 moves in cycles with outperformance recently hitting a trough. There are reasons to expect improvement.
- Active performance relative to passive looks to have bottomed out and may be moving higher as it has done several times in the past.
- Given that the economic cycle is in a more mature phase, macroeconomic factors should give way to more stock-specific drivers of return.
- This should lower correlations among equities (see March 15, 2017, Alger On the Money) and increase return dispersion, allowing stock pickers to perform better relative to their passive benchmarks.