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FA Center: This is how many fund managers actually beat index funds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — Beating the market turns out to be even harder than we thought.

And that’s saying something, since everyone already knew it was incredibly difficult.

According to a just-released research report from Standard & Poor’s, the statistics we’ve all been using to assess the likelihood of beating the market are biased in favor of success. Correcting that bias is therefore crucial if we are going to base our investment strategies on an accurate assessment of the facts.

The picture that emerged once S&P did that was sobering, to say the least. Over the last 15 years, 92.2% of large-cap funds lagged a simple S&P 500 index fund.

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