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Latest News - Robert St George

Dissecting the European equity ETF bonanza

We run the rule over a market which has seen inflows of over £26 billion in the past year.

Does active beat passive in global bonds? We crunch the numbers

Fixed-income indexes are heavy on the most indebted entities. So should you go active for your global exposure?

Active vs passive for UK equities: we crunch the numbers

Shares in some big UK companies like Provident Financial (above) have plummeted of late. With passives having to own these come what may, is now the time for active management?

U Can't Touch This: why annual rebalancing of passives pays off

Academics in the Netherlands break it down - savings made on transaction costs outweigh returns on offer from more frequent portfolio rebalancing.

Passive investors falling victim to past performance fallacy

Active investors are not the only ones suffering from bias, as a new article suggests the risk premiums ascribed to some factors are economically baseless, resting on past performance.

Passive’s next opponent: climate change

Passive investors have already shaken the world of asset management, and big oil may be the next industry to feel their power.

PassiveBeat: ‘Active v passive’ versus the world’s worst regimes

As the UK goes to the polls, we ask whether fund managers should be freed from the need to compare their performance with questionable governments.

Crazy in ETF love? New study imagines bottling star quality

Yes sir, they're cut from a different cloth, academics at the University of Zurich and MIT offer an alternative way to reach for the stars, passively.

Weak oil, weaker ETF: new research highlights passive pitfalls

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reveal losses incurred by exchange traded oil products far exceed those from weak commodity prices.

Active or passive: who will own the next Amazon?

In May 1997 earth's biggest book seller floated. Two decades on discover why the path to owning the next disrupter looks a whole lot different.