The Bet5Lesson 1. The Million Dollar Bet:
In 2008, Warren Buffet (3rd riches man in the world) wagered $1,000,000 that he could pick a single mutual fund that in 10 years would outperform a pool of any five hedge funds selected by Protégé Partners–a New York hedge fund company with assets of over 2 billion dollars. (For verification of this story, google Warren Buffet’s Bet or see Business InsiderFeb 2015)
Results After 7 Years:
Buffet selected Vanguard’s S&P 500 Index Fund which so far has returned 63.5% to its investors, whereas Protégé’s pool of 5 hedge funds has only returned 19.6%.
Moral:
(1) In general, financial experts cannot beat the market average, (i.e., S&P 500). And in this case they’re not even close.
(2) Paying experts additional fees for management and/or advice only makes the situation worse. (Hedge funds typically charge 2% for management plus a 20% performance fee on any gains).
Furthermore, hedge funds are restricted to wealthy clients, whereas you or I can hold the Vanguard S&P 500 fund in our own portfolios.
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