August 27, 2020
We are long-term, value-oriented investors. As such, we prefer to buy inexpensive assets, securities that we find to be reasonably priced relative to the cash flow we expect in the future. Historically, value investing has outperformed growth investing over time. However, it tends to underperform during extended market cycles as valuations — especially for growth stocks — become detached from economic reality. The environment today is indicative of such an environment in large part due to massive amounts of fiscal and monetary stimulus accompanied by widespread speculative investing.1
While underperforming can be painful, value investors tend to be rewarded by maintaining discipline and exercising patience. The following four charts illustrate the opportunity we believe lies ahead for value investors. The lines represent the actual performance of value stocks versus growth stocks across four different indexes. When the orange lines go up, value stocks are outperforming growth stocks. When the lines go down, growth is outperforming value.
Today’s value stocks encompass a number of terrific companies, including Berkshire Hathaway, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Intel, Siemens, Verizon, AT&T, Walt Disney, Toyota, Visa, Mastercard and JPMorgan. Many are leaders in their respective industries, have world-class management teams and offer branded products and services around the globe. They have simply fallen out of favor as price-indiscriminate buyers (such as passive investors and day traders) have bought more popular growth stocks.
Unlocking the value within value stocks could be triggered by any one or a combination of the following catalysts:
It seems likely that one or more of those could very well occur during the next couple of years. So, value could soon have its day in the sun.
1For a broader discussion, see our Third Quarter 2020 Insight.
2For a broader discussion, see our Third Quarter 2019 Insight.
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Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. All investments can lose value. Indices are unmanaged and you cannot invest directly in an index. The volatility of any index may be materially different than that of a model. The charts and illustrations shown are for information purposes only. All information contained herein was sourced from independent third-party sources we believe are reliable, but the accuracy of such information is not guaranteed by Aspirant. Any statistical information in this article was obtained from publicly available market data (such as but not limited to data published by Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates), internal research and regulatory filings.
Russell 1000 Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. Russell 2000 Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 2000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. Russell 2000 Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 2000 companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values.
MSCI EAFE Value Index captures large and mid-cap securities classified as value securities by MSCI that are members of the MSCI EAFE Index. The MSCI EAFE Growth Index is a free-float weighted index. The index represents the securities classified as growth securities by MSCI that are members of the MSCI EAFE Index. The MSCI EAFE region covers Developed Market countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East. MSCI Emerging Markets Value Index captures large and mid-cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across Emerging Markets (EM) countries. The MSCI Emerging Markets Growth Net Index is a free float weighted equity index. The index represents the securities classified as growth securities by MSCI that are members of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
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