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Time to gloat, retail investors - you’re doing better than the pros

Pity the unfortunate institutional investor. While small investors have been doing just fine this year with funds that track major indexes, many of the pros who try to beat these indexes are struggling with weak returns.

Take hedge funds, for example. These loosely regulated, swift-moving investment vehicles can chase momentum, hedge currencies, short-sell stocks and bet on mergers – to name just a few of the less-exotic methods for generating returns.