Active vs passive mutual funds in the U.S. 2010 and 2019, with a forecast for 2025

While passive funds only constituted 20 percent of the mutual fund market in the the United States in 2010, it is projected that over half of all U.S. mutual funds will be passive by 2025. Active mutual funds are funds of pooled money that is invested by a fund manager, who actively researches new investment opportunities and amends the fund's portfolio accordingly. This contrasts to passive funds, where the fund's portfolio is (usually) determined by an external stock market index such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the FTSE 100.

Distribution of active and passive mutual funds in the United States in 2010 and 2019, with a projection for 2025

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Release date

December 2020


United States

Survey time period

2010 and 2020

Supplementary notes

* Forecast based on 2020 market conditions which incorporate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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