Our rigorous review process
Only 1% of all funds make it through our approval process. We incorporate past economic and capital market history, current trends, and potential future considerations.
We seek money management firms who emphasize ethics and doing the right thing—while pinpointing strategies that can capitalize on dislocations and market inefficiencies, or that perform a credible job of tracking an asset class.
We evaluate investment managers in equities, fixed income and real assets, who operate across investment types like mutual funds, ETFs, hedge funds and private capital pools.
Following are the steps we follow to evaluate which funds get selected:
- Strategic purpose
- Initial assessment
- Quality evaluation
- Quality verification
- ONLY 1% of all funds make it through our approval process
Investment Analysis in action
Actively vs. passively managed investment funds
One of the biggest debates in investment management is around this question:
“Which performs better—actively or passively managed investment funds?”
- Actively managed funds. Managers of actively managed investment funds make investment decisions with the goal of beating a relevant asset class benchmark.
- Passively managed funds. Managers of passively managed funds seek to track an asset class benchmark.
The winner is...
After conducting an extensive proprietary study, we found the answer is, it depends. In most cases, the passively managed investment funds outpaced the returns on actively managed ones.
Our analysis regarding how this might impact investors in the future helps shape our recommendations on how clients can most effectively include active and passive strategies into their portfolios.
Invest your way
Whether you want managed-for-you investments with Automated Investor, or you prefer to build and manage your own portfolio using our comprehensive suite of tools through Self-directed brokerage, our affiliate U.S. Bancorp Investments has an online investing option to meet your needs.