Vanguard and Fidelity Domestic Active Stock Funds: Both Beat their Style Mimicking Vanguard Index Funds, & Vanguard Beats by More
15 Pages Posted: 6 May 2023 Last revised: 30 May 2023
Date Written: May 26, 2023
This paper contrasts the return of Vanguard and Fidelity active stock mutual funds with the style-mimicking portfolio of Vanguard’s index funds. Vanguard’s equally-weighted portfolio of domestic active funds out-returns the portfolio of Vanguard index funds with the same style, as does Fidelity’s active-fund portfolio. The superiority of Vanguard active to Fidelity active is roughly equal to the excess of the average Fidelity expense ratio over Vanguard’s. The equally-weighted Fidelity index-fund portfolio under-returns the same-style Vanguard index-fund portfolio even though its expenses are slightly lower.
Keywords: Vanguard mutual funds, Fidelity, active management, index mutual funds
JEL Classification: G11, G14
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