The mutual fund industry would like us to believe that fund expenses are justifiable by their extensive management expertise, security analysis and the consequent delivery of returns that exceed the market performance. Management know-how is costly and thus it drives up the expenditure of actively managed mutual funds and potentially lowers their net returns. Nevertheless the fund managers argue that their contributions to the returns fully outweigh their costs and in general their trading strategies add value to the investors. On the other hand many academics hold that such claims are fundamentally misleading and actively managed funds cannot continuously outperform a market index. [excerpt]
""Does It Pay to Be Informed?" Expenditure Efficiency in the US Mutual Fund Industry,"
Gettysburg Economic Review: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: http://cupola.gettysburg.edu/ger/vol5/iss1/5