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The Easiest Way to Underperform the Market

By Morgan Housel - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:04AM

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Why fund managers can't beat index funds.

One of the most important statistics in the investment business is that the vast majority of investors -- professional or otherwise -- underperform a benchmark index like the S&P 500 (^GSPC -4.04%). Given the limited potential for outperformance and an unlimited amount to charge in fees and expenses, this is a mathematical certainty.

It's bad enough when professional money-managers underperform an index fund, but if you dig deeper, some of the numbers really make you shake your head. In this video, Fool analysts Morgan Housel and Matt Koppenheffer break down just how bad the pros can be.

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