Understanding the Shortcomings of Market-Cap Index Mutual Funds
Market-cap mutual funds and ETFs are very common, but many investors do not realize the disadvantages of market-cap weighted index funds. Because the stocks they hold are weighted based on size, there is no consideration given to the actual health and quality of the firms. Many times, by the time a stock is removed from an index, it is because the stock price has already fallen so far that it is now too small to be included, but by then, much of the damage has been done to your portfolio.
When considering the additional shortcomings of mutual funds and ETFs, like pooled ownership, tax inefficiency, hidden fees and trading cost, and small investor behaviors, it’s easy to see that results can be dramatically impacted.
The Linden Thomas US Equity Large-Cap Quality Growth 50 Index utilizes Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) so that the shortcomings of market-cap index mutual funds are eliminated. We call this approach Institutional-Direct. The index itself utilizes 10 quality screens and equal weighting to help ensure that stocks chosen for inclusion are companies with strong quality factors, as well as not giving more weight to larger stocks just because they are large.
By giving clients exposure through SMAs, they receive direct ownership of the stocks, which offers full transparency and control for tax-loss harvesting and gifting of individual stocks. Direct ownership also eliminates hidden costs and small investor behaviors like herding, which eat into investor results.
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