Quotes

Quotes by Eugene Fama

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(73) "The distribution [of the market] is fat-tailed relative to the normal distribution…For passive investors, none of this matters, beyond being aware that outlier returns are more common than would be expected if return distributions were normal."
Mar-09
- Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Q&A: Confidence in the Bell Curve
(264) Active management is a zero-sum game before cost, and the winners have to win at the expense of the losers.
7-Oct-13
- InvestmentNews
(265) I can't figure out why anyone invests in active management, so asking me about hedge funds is just an extreme version of the same question. Since I think everything is appropriately priced, my advice would be to avoid high fees. So you can forget about hedge funds. [response to a question about where alternative investments belong in a portfolio strategy]
7-Oct-13
- InvestmentNews
(289) The efficient market theory is one of the better models in the sense that it can be taken as true for every purpose I can think of. For investment purposes, there are very few investors that shouldn't behave as if markets are totally efficient.
1-Oct-13
- ChicagoBooth Magazine, Fall 2013.
(290) Markets are efficient, but there are different dimensions of risk and those lead to different dimensions of expected returns. That's what people should be concerned with in their investment decisions and not with whether they can pick stocks, pick winners and losers among the various managers delivering basically the same product.
Fall 2013
- ChicagoBooth Magazine
(349) "I take the market-efficiency hypothesis to be the simple statement that security prices fully reflect all available information."
1991
- “Efficient Capital Markets: II,” Journal of Finance Vol. 46, No. 5., 1575-1617.
(266) I don't think the Fed[eral Reserve] has any role in how high rates are right now. I don't understand why everyone is paying attention to this tapering. The Fed is using one kind of bond to buy another kind of bond. What's the big deal, and why is anyone taking the Fed seriously?
7-Oct-13
- InvestmentNews
(286) People would be a lot more skeptical if they understood that there is an incredible amount of chance in the results that you observe for active managers. The distribution of outcomes is enormously wide--but that's exactly what you'd expect by chance with lots of active managers who hold imperfectly diversified portfolios. The really good portfolios contain a lot of really lucky picks, and the really bad portfolios contain a lot of really unlucky picks as well as some really bad ones.
1-Oct-13
- ChicagoBooth Magazine, Fall 2013.
(361) "An investor doesn't have a prayer of picking a manager that can deliver alpha. Even over a 20-year period, the past performance of an actively managed fund has a ton of random noise that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish luck from skill"
2012
- CFA Institute Annual Conference, 2012