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I’m not suggesting you swap your whole portfolio into an activist tracker portfolio! There are some websites/blogs out there suggesting this approach, but I’m not convinced. This probably just reflects my (mild) aversion to ‘mechanical’ investing approaches. I also think if you actually tackled this kind of project in the manner it deserves, you’re probably a pretty experienced and disciplined investor already!
The other problem is that many activists, by definition, are often taking on poorly performing companies, possibly with equally poorly performing management. (Another reason activist hedge funds always have their eye on the clock!). Or they invest in a situation where, for the life of me, I can’t see any apparent value. Do you really want to coat-tail on an investment like that?