If Not the Index Funds, Then Who?

In recent years, large asset managers have reached incredible sizes, managing trillions of dollars of assets on behalf of tens of millions of clients. The largest three – BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street – taken together (the “Big Three”), vote about 20 percent of shares in most large companies, with the majority of these shares held in passive index funds. This concentration of financial power has ignited debates over the role of large asset managers and the effects of index fund portfolios in corporate governance. The size and composition of the portfolios of the large asset managers have significant implications, … Read more