Active fund vs ETF in 2022: Who is the winner?

28 February 2023

For the full year 2022, 36% of active managers outperformed passive management. This figure masks a contrasting situation throughout the year. In the first half of the year, in a context of geopolitical crisis and an uncertain economic environment, few active managers managed to outperform passive management, on average 36% over the first two quarters.  In the second half of the year, in the wake of the Fed’s policy change and the rebound in the market, there was a significant improvement in the performance of active management as shown in the graph below with an average of 51% of active managers outperforming passive management over the two quarters.

Contrasted quarterly results

Quarterly % of active funds outperform passive funds

Sources: Morningstar and BSD Investing AuM weighted average data of all fund universes in EUR from 31 December 2013 to 18 February 2023. Past performance is no guarantee of future results

% of active managers outperforming passive funds
Source: Morningstar and BSD Investing average data of all universes
All funds
ESG funds
All equity funds
All fixed income funds
Universe ranking

Source : BSD Investing, proprietary database. Data from 31/12/2012 to 31/12/2022. Active fund performance is compared to that of ETFs on the same indexation.

Marlene Hassine Konqui