Passive vs Active Portfolio Management

Passive vs Active Portfolio Management

Understanding the Differences Between Passive and Active Portfolio Management

Knowing if your portfolio will be a passive or active is one of the basics of forming a strategy that will be successful in the long run.

Myself, I have both passive and active portfolios, and the passive ones are typically buy-n-hold and they consist of researched stocks and their companies. With my active portfolios, I typically trade much more frequently, as in day trading, swing trading and even scalping. But it’s also possible to have a portfolio that contains both passive and active strategies.

Passive Portfolios

These portfolios could consist of dividend blue chip stocks, or stocks that have an excellent 1-3 year performance history. Also included might be index funds, ETFs, REITs. The index funds and ETFs will be a collection of stocks in one sector or theme, like Big Tech, Big Pharma or Sustainable Companies.

The strategy is to collect stable and tried-and-true stocks that you can leave alone, to set it up and forget about it, although you’d want to check on the portfolio at certain intervals. Warren Buffett says he checks his portfolio about once very two weeks.

Active Portfolios

On the opposite end of the spectrum are active portfolios. These are portfolios that are typically managed on a day-to-day basis. And the activities can run the gamut from scalping and intraday trading to swing and position trading. It’s also possible to have passive positions of stocks within an actively managed portfolio. But, the main criteria is managing a much more active and aggressive portfolio.

In the end, sky is the limit as far as what you want to do. You can have certain portfolios function as passive while maintaining more aggressively active portfolios as well. And you can have anything in-between. You can be as creative as you want, to fit your investing and trading needs.

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