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Shadow Risk in Passive Investing

Christopher Cole, Founder & CIO of Artemis Capital
Artemis Capital Management, October 2017

"The shift from active to passive investing is a significant amplifier of future volatility. Active managers serve as a volatility buffer, willing to step in and buy undervalued stocks when the market is falling, and sell overvalued stocks when the market is rising too much. Remove that buffer, and there is no incremental seller to control overvaluation on the way up, and no incremental buyer to stop a crash on the way down.”

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