From the department of “you can fool a lot of rich people an awful lot of the time” comes this report of roughly how much money the top dogs in the hedge fund business earned in 2012.
In case you may have forgotten, many of these funds
bilk charge their clients on what is known as the 2-20 basis, which means a 2% annual fee regardless of fund performance, then a 20% cut of the fund profits.
By way of comparison, a mutual fund or ETF that tracks the S&P 500 (a broad index of US large-company stocks) can be owned for approximately 0.10%.
If the market returns 10% (which is a nice year), the index fund investor keeps 9.9%.
If the hedge fund makes 10%, the investor gets 6.4%.
In our 10% return year, the hedge fund has to earn 14.375% in order for the investors to make the same return. They have to beat the market by almost 44% to beat the index fund!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those odds.
Remember, as people like John Bogle have been saying for years, in the aggregate we are all average. The sum total of all persons investing in a market must equal the market return. This is not graduate-level economic theory, it is just plain arithmetic.
In investing, it’s not what you make, it’s what you keep.
I haven’t taken a swing at Mary Schapiro this week (yet)
From the department of “you can fool a lot of rich people an awful lot of the...