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Weekend Reads for Investors: Market Forecasts, the Wall of Worry, and Oil

Weekend Reads

Fund managers are generally an optimistic lot, especially in the midst of a bull market, but even more so at the start of each new year. The turning of the calendar has become a popular occasion for introspection, an appraisal of what might have gone wrong—a lot for active managers in 2014—and, unfortunately, predictions. The ubiquitous “Top Ten” lists, while generally entertaining, are as much marketing pitches as they are serious reading. Below are some other stories that caught my eye in recent weeks. Read more

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13F Watch: Active Management Looks Like a Contrarian’s Bet

13F Watch: Active Management Looks Like a Contrarian's Bet

It’s been an annus horribilis for stock pickers. In the US, fewer than one in five active fund managers are beating the market this year, their worst showing in over a decade. As a result, active funds have been bleeding assets and passive products are seeing record inflows. The fortunes of active managers certainly weren’t helped by Warren Buffett, who earlier this year advocated for passive investing. Read more

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