The Two-Pronged O’Shaughnessy Attack

Every other issue of The Validea Hot List newsletter examines in detail one of John Reese’s computerized Guru Strategies. This latest issue looks at the James O’Shaughnessy-inspired strategy, which has produced annualized returns of more than 6.7% since its inception more than six years ago, a period in which the S&P 500 has gained just 1.3% per year. Below is an excerpt from today’s newsletter along with several top-scoring stock ideas based on the O’Shaughnessy investment strategy.

Buckingham: Time for Value

Recently, we highlighted a study performed by Russell Investments that found value stocks typically begin to overtake growth stocks “almost immediately” when the economy bottoms. Today, John Buckingham of Al Frank Asset Management provides some additional evidence that good times may be in store for value investors, who were hit particularly hard in the recent downturn. In an interview with InvestmentNews.com, Buckingham says that in the previous five instances (before the current one) in which the total value-weighted stock market declined by more than 20% in a year, large-cap value stocks dropped by an average of 25.6%, and large-cap growth […]

Arnott: Value Stocks Priced at or below Depression Levels

Researcher and money manager Rob Arnott has made a lot of headlines lately with his focus on the bond market, but in yesterday’s Financial Times he keyed in on another asset class — and it’s one that he says is extremely cheap right now: deep value stocks. “Most investors,” writes Arnott, “do not yet realise that today’s spread between growth and value, on most measures, is nearly as wide as it was at the peak of the tech bubble. But this time it is the value stocks that are the extreme outliers.” In the tech bubble, he says, typical growth […]