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Passive vs. Active Management

When investing in the stock market, one crucial decision is choosing between passive and active management. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand the difference.

Passive Management

Passive management is an investment strategy that aims to replicate the performance of a market index, like the S&P 500. It involves creating a portfolio that holds the same stocks in the same proportions as the index.

  • Low Costs: Lower expense ratios due to minimal trading and research.
  • Simplicity: Easy to understand and manage.
  • Tax Efficient: Due to less trading activity, passive funds often result in less capital gains taxes and mutual fund distributions.

Active Management

Active management involves fund managers actively making buy and sell decisions to outperform a benchmark index.

  • Higher Costs: More expensive due to research and frequent trading.
  • Potential for Higher Returns: Skilled managers might achieve above-average returns.
  • Flexibility: Can quickly react to market changes and opportunities.

Both strategies have unique benefits. Passive management is cost-effective and aligns with market performance, while active management offers the chance for higher returns through strategic decisions. At Thrive, we utilize a mix of passive and active management depending on specific areas of the market to build high-quality, diversified portfolios. If you have any questions about your portfolio or your use of passive vs. active funds, don’t hesitate to reach out to an advisor at Thrive!