When Tim graduated from renowned Middlebury College, he faced a problem. He could either continue his education at a West Coast investment group or go to Florida to run a windsurf shop. As he loved to windsurf but didn’t want to turn down a more rational job, he asked his asset manager whether he can postpone the traineeship until next year. He unwillingly was given nine months, and he went to the Sanibel beaches.
Since 2015 he has been chief executive and chairman of the investment company, Capital Group, in which he worked three decades ago: This Company is the oldest and biggest in the whole world, with more than US$1.5tn of assets. Conventional asset managers face a battle against passive investing. Even Capital Group, the best-regarded player of this industry, has felt the ground shift beneath its feet. In 2007 its biggest mutual fund was Growth Fund of America.
Tim Armour with former chief Jon B Lovelace worked together to build this company that once started by his father into a mutual fund industry leader. Tim has even taken on Warren Buffett, whose newest letter to Berkshire shareholders exhorted the readers to put money into economic index funds. In the letter, Tim said that we agree that an average investment manager doesn’t outpace market over significant time horizons.
However, Buffett along with few others and acknowledge that there should be some exceptions. He also added that when people are comparing the mutual fund to passive returns, they are usually comparing oranges and apples so we should simplify things for their better understanding.
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