The indexes that are bridging the gap between active and passive investing

Algorithmic indexes are attempting to bridge the gap between active and passive investing, but can the two approaches really merge? And will fans of active strategies be persuaded that passive investing is the way forward? Clare Dickinson reports from the Art of Indexing conference in New York

New York: location of the Art of Indexing event

The debate over whether passive or actively managed investment strategies bring the best value to investors has waged for years but with algorithmic indexes being launched by banks and index providers, the line between the two has become blurred. The next step could be an index of actively managed strategies, as was discussed at the Art of Indexing Conference in New York on October 27 2010.

Index-linked investments have taken off in a big way, with the exponential growth of the exchange-traded

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