Evolution of Passive Index Investing!

Lewisburg, PA – Recently I was reading an article from John Bogle founder of Vanguard. John is well known in financial circles as one of the champions of passive investing using index funds. John came from a strong academic background; as such passive index investing makes total sense. He was one of many noted academic types along with Eugene E. Fama, H. Markowitz, M. Miller, W. Sharpe to mention a few, back in the 70s that started touting passive vs active investing.

Today some 45 years later and with many studies from Nobel Laureates, Economists, and Professors at most institutions of higher learning, the data is very clear. Returns come from the market not from managers. Passive investing is superior, especially when active management trading costs are factored in.

Remember, active or passive, they are all in the same market environment. However, many new developments in science are unknown to most casual investors. It would be naïve to think that technology and science has not improved investing in the last 50 years, when it has improved every other aspect of life.

The majority of Americans are unaware of other ways of pursing a passive approach to investing. The most notable would be referred to by the academics as “structured index” investing. Traditional index funds follow commercial benchmarks, thus reducing flexibility, and as a result an index fund accepts lower returns and increased trading cost in favor of tracking.

Structured funds replicate the index in a mechanical fashion and apply risk premium filters that have been empirically proven to capture actual, broad-based, global market returns. These academics have defined where returns come from in the stock market. As well, they have defined risk premiums and the historical returns of those premiums (The Three Factor Model). There are four primary risk premiums:

• Market returns over fixed returns
• Size of companies, small versus large
• Value companies, value versus growth
• Profit (the latest empirically proved risk premium)

These have all been defined and quantified with historical data from 1927 to present. The application of this data has created filters that have been empirically proven. The result takes an indexing platform to another level by understanding which filters ensure market returns are accomplished with the least amount of cost.

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About Paul Nichols

Paul is the founder of Financial Abundance, a Registered Investor Advisory firm and EDI, an Estate Planning Firm with offices in State College and Lewisburg. He has been working with individuals, families and businesses for over twenty years, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has educated tens of thousands of people through seminars, workshops and various international speaking engagements where he shared the stage with many notable individuals such as Ronald Reagan, Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Mike Ditka, General Schwarzkopf, and Newt Gingrich to name a few.

In 2000, after many years of traveling to consult companies and individuals, Paul decided to relocate from Colorado to State College, PA (his wife’s hometown) to develop a local advisory firm.

Paul operates under the core belief that education plus understanding leads to clarity and confidence; resulting in peace of mind. He is a proud father of three and devoted husband of 20 plus years.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments:
Regular contributor to the Centre Daily Times, via the “It’s Your Money” blog
Featured in the movie Navigating the Fog of Investing
Regular contributor to Town & Gown as the publications Investor Coach
Host of the weekly iTunes Podcast, It’s Your Money
Member of the Western PA Better Business Bureau
Member of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry