Active Managers are Skilled: On Average, They Add More Than $3 Million Per Year

Active Managers are Skilled: On Average, They Add More Than $3 Million Per Year

By
Jonathan B. Berk, Jules H. van Binsbergen
Journal of Portfolio Management.
2017, Vol. 42, Pages 131-139

Active fund managers are skilled and, on average, have used their skill to generate about $3.2 million per year. Large cross-sectional differences in skill persist for as long as 10 years. Investors recognize this skill and reward it by investing more capital in funds managed by better managers. These funds earn higher aggregate fees, and a strong positive correlation exists between current compensation and future performance.