Like many subscribers to Stockopedia, I am a private investor researching and investing in equities - mainly in the small cap sector. I am semi retired and spend around 10-15 hours a week on research and general reading around this subject.

But am I wasting my time? Could I achieve similar results by simply investing in a spread of actively managed funds and leave the professionals to do the stock picking? After all, they have access to better research than me and have teams of analysts available to do all the work.

Would it be a better use of my time to spend a few hours each month checking a portfolio of actively managed funds and do something else with my spare time or can I really beat the professionals by continuing to devote more time to individual stock picking?

Are we all kidding ourselves in thinking that we can out perform the pros? I would interested to hear your views on this based on your own experience.

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