Is Value Investing Dead?

Reporting on a Goldman Sachs study published a few months ago, a recent article from the Wharton School addresses the underperformance of value compared to growth strategies. The Sachs report, it says, claims that “value investors are seeing the longest dry spell since the Great Depression, and future returns will likely be lower than the historical average.” But the firm also acknowledges that assessing whether value strategies are in trouble depends on how one views value. Specifically, the report says value strategies that choose stocks based on the ratio of enterprise value to EBITDA have performed better than those (like […]

Einhorn Says Value Investing Will See Comeback

Value investing is in the doldrums, but billionaire fund manager David Einhorn says that eventually things will turn around. This according to a recent CNBC interview. Einhorn argues that the last time value saw a turnaround– after the dot-com bubble in 1999 when, he said, “everyone was talking about eyeballs as the new paradigm for investing”—it ended badly for momentum investors. He believes that value investing will rebound: “When it reverts,” he adds, “it tends to revert pretty sharply.” Pointing out that the companies owned by his hedge fund Greenlight Capital (which focuses on value strategies) are generally profitable, Einhorn expresses […]

Growth Stocks May be Outperforming, But Value Will Come Back

Since the financial crisis, growth stocks have beaten value but, over the long-term, value will have its day in the sun. This according to a recent article in the Financial Post. “Over the long term, buying value and ignoring the shiny, well-liked stocks has paid off,” the article says, but the reversal in performance over the last decade has seen return-hungry investors gravitating toward dividend-payers and tech stocks and the “cheaper” parts of the market have languished. “Only once has the valuation and performance lag between value and growth been wider,” it asserts (during the 1990s tech boom), after which […]

Value Strategies and Quant Approaches

The term “value investing,” is often used to described strategies “derived from simple ratios of accounting numbers to stock prices,” according to a recent article by the CFA Institute. “The ugly truth,” the article says, “is that many value funds apply dime-a-dozen strategies built on formulaic accounting ratios. Investors are better off looking for managers who deploy more comprehensive analysis to determine the intrinsic value of the underlying securities.” The article cites the book Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd which “advocated buying stocks trading at a significant discount to intrinsic value but specifically avoided a formula-based approach.” […]

Value Investing Trends

A recent Morningstar article addresses the persistent lackluster performance of value stocks and whether it is a temporary situation or something more permanent. According to participants in this year’s Morningstar ETF Conference, the article reports, “it’s never easy to be a value investor,” and “value stocks today are behaving just as they should.” John West, managing director at Research Affiliates, shared his view that, “The world is unfolding exactly as it should,” underscoring that most investing styles go through long periods of underperformance. Wes Gray, CEO of Alpha Architect, noted, “Buying cheap stuff that stinks can be the best investment […]