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The Confounding Bias For Investment Complexity

The Confounding Bias For Investment Complexity by Jason Hsu and John West, Research Affiliates

The Confounding Bias For Investment Complexity

Key Points

  1. A preference for complexity is almost hardwired into investors, their agents, and asset managers because the intuition is that a complicated investment landscape requires a complex solution; a complex strategy also supports a higher fee from both agents and managers.
  2. Research shows that simple, low-turnover and complex, high-turnover strategies perform similarly on a before-fee basis, suggesting the former may have the advantage after tax.
  3. Simplicity . . .

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