Fund fees have fallen overall, but passive investments still offer the best defence against erosion of returns, writes Jose Garcia-Zarate.
The IA has launched a consultation on the potential inclusion of ETFs in its 37 fund sectors.
We reveal the most popular low-cost passive investments of the year.
Passive funds have done well during years of buoyancy, but Tom Bailey asks whether investors need smarter strategies for a more volatile future.
Thematic ETFs are good at grabbing the imaginations of investors, but their speculative nature and individual idiosyncrasies need to be understood.
While it is true that equities outperform bonds in aggregate, the unequal performance of shares means not all equity portfolios will.
The reversal of the sudden technology stock slide that sank stock markets in early October should help revive equity and bond values.
Despite the steady downward trend in active fees, passive investment funds have cut fees much more aggressively, with average fees being cut by 28% over the same time period.
Smart beta funds, which aim to deliver returns above a like-for-like index, come with risks that investors should not overlook.