I’m Keith DeGreen and this is your Investors Minute.

Actively-managed mutual funds are much more expensive than exchange-traded funds, or ETFs.

The additional cost could be a fair bargain if you find a mutual fund that consistently outperforms. But are there any such funds out there?

The short answer is, not really. Here’s the tally, according to the S&P Dow Jones Persistence Score Card through March 2014:

Five years ago, 715 mutual funds finished in the top quartile – the top 25% — of their peers in performance. By the end of the next year, only 23% of those funds were in the top quartile. Over three years, only 4% remained, and – believe it or not – only 2 of 715 funds finished in the top 25% over that five year period. That’s .28%!

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