The WSJ Article “How Closet Indexing Minimizes the Fund Managers Risk – Not Yours” by Jason Zweig discusses the existing dynamic influencing managers to “mimic” the market. Zweig adapts Windham CEO Mark Kritzman’s outcomes matrix which provides evidence of the underlying incentives of “closet indexing”.
“You might think the fund manager’s job is to beat the market.” Says Zweig. “But, in fact, the fund manager’s job is to keep his job. Zweig then introduces an adapted version of Mark Kritzman’s “matrix” and he elaborates, “A fund manager who is right along with most of his peers — whose portfolio resembles [...]