We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom on investing: Invest only using index mutual funds. 90% of professional mutual fund managers fail to beat their benchmark. What chance does an individual investor have?
Surprisingly, when it comes to stock picking, small investors do have a huge advantage over professional money managers. The main reason is size. Mutual fund managers, if they are successful, end up with a lot of money to invest – billions of dollars, in fact. If they are good stock pickers, they might very well be able to pick more winners than losers. If they were provided with a million dollars, they could come out ahead of their benchmarks.