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Passive Funds Overtake Stock-Pickers in the U.S. Large-Cap Market

  • Index products are bigger in assets as of the fourth quarter
  • Morningstar tracks massive shift to cheaper investing approach

If stock-pickers are becoming an endangered species, this may be the latest sign. Investors now have more money in large-cap equity funds tracking indexes than in actively run funds of the same type.

The lines crossed in the fourth quarter, according to data from Morningstar Inc. Passive mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and so-called smart beta funds in the sector held $2.93 trillion in assets as of Dec. 31, compared with $2.84 trillion on the active side.