Mutual Fund Expenses

“After costs, the return on the average actively managed dollar will be less than the return on the average passively managed dollar for any time period.

  —William F. Sharpe, 1990 Nobel Laureate  William



William F. Sharpe, “The Arithmetic of Active Management,” Financial Analysts Journal 47, no. 1 (January/February 1991): 7-9. Mutual fund expense ratios as of August 21, 2012. Asset weighting based on net assets as of July 31, 2012. Data provided by Morningstar, Inc. Passive funds are those coded by Morningstar as Index Funds.

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