Ang Warns About Value

BlackRock’s managing director Andrew Ang is urging investors to be cautious in how they return to the long-underperforming value factor, according to a recent article in Institutional Investor. Although several big-name factor investors argue it’s time for investors to buy inexpensive value stocks—including AQR’s Cliff Asness and Research Affiliates founder Rob Arnott—Ang warns to exercise caution, suggesting that some might be tempted to “buy into the value factor simply because it appears inexpensive,” the article… Read More

Arnott: Market Shift Coming in 2020

Research Affiliates chairman Rob Arnott sees a major market shift on the horizon that could present a “spectacular “opportunity for value investors. This according to an article in CNBC. In an interview with Trading Nation, Arnott said, “We’ve seen more and more people give up on the idea of value investing, which we think is a little strange because we’re in the only major industry in the global macro economy where people hate bargains,” adding,… Read More

Should Value Investors Abandon the Strategy Now?

A recent paper by RAFI Indices argues that now is the time to increase allocations to value strategies –specifically, to the RAFI strategy, a value-tilted approach that focuses on disciplined rebalancing out of trendy, popular, and most expensive securities, and into securities whose prices have fallen and become undervalued. The paper, co-authored by Research Affiliate’s Rob Arnott, offers an in-depth look at the origins of value investing and its historical performance data. Here are some highlights:… Read More

The Danger of Overscrutinizing Out of Favor Investment Metrics

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) —   No investing factor has been maligned more than the Price/Book in recent years. In a period where value in general has performed very poorly, the Price/Book has struggled more than any of the other common value factors. When you couple that with the fact that the Price/Book’s failure to account for intangible assets makes its validity questionable in a world where more than 80% of assets are intangible, you have a… Read More

JPMorgan: Value Rotation Will Continue

Marko Kolanovic, JPMorgan’s global head of macro quant and derivatives strategy, says the “massive rotation into value stocks that rocked investors two months ago is going to extend to 2020,” describing it as a “once in a decade” trade. This according to a recent CNBC article. Kolanovic reportedly believes the rotation has more life due to an improving macro environment, writing in a recent note to clients: “Since September, we had further easing of monetary… Read More

Value Stocks Not Left for Dead Yet

Although the value strategy has been “in crisis” of late, a recent Bloomberg article suggests, “let’s not take the panic too far.” It says, “Yes, on a relative basis, the buy-cheap philosophy has been a loser, particularly to more voguish quant strategies when deployed in a hedge fund long-short portfolio. At the same time, very few things can really be said to have done badly in the current bull market. AT least on an absolute… Read More

A London Gathering—and Reckoning–for Value Investors

A recent article in Bloomberg offers insights on the outlook for value investing, highlighting a recent talk given at a London conference by Inigo Fraser Jenkins, head of quantitative strategy for Sanford C. Bernstein. In the wake of the strong performance of value in September, Fraser Jenkins shared with the audience that he was barraged with questions: “Is this it? Is this the beginning of the value rally that we’ve been waiting for for years… Read More

GMO Excerpts: The Comeback Trail of Value Investing

A recent article in FT Alphaville offers insights from GMO’s Head of Asset Allocation Ben Inker regarding the potential for a value reversal, as outlined in the firm’s third quarter letter to investors. The article summarizes his comments: “In short, the current market reminds him of 2000—when the Nasdaq bubble peaked, and EM debt was ebbing near its lowest points—and that’s reason for some cautious optimism.” Here are some highlights: Noting that performance of some… Read More

Shift from Momentum Proves Boon or Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital

David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital hedge funds gained 8.4% in September, bringing average weighted returns for the year to 24%, the company reported. This according to a recent article in Bloomberg. “Einhorn, who has remained committed to his strategy of buying beaten-down stocks while shorting growth companies, is in the midst of a resurgence following his worst year on record,”‘ the article  reports, adding that in 2018 his firm lost 34% in its main fund. That… Read More

O’Shaughnessy Insights on Value’s Terrible Performance

In a recent interview on the Bloomberg Markets Odd Lots podcast, O’Shaughnessy Asset Management (OSAM) co-CIO Chris Meredith talked about value’s long period of underperformance and shared some insights regarding the outlook and potential catalysts for a reversion. Here are some highlights from Meredith’s comments: Big technological discoveries have led to value’s underperformance. To gain perspective, OSAM looked at data going back to 1926 to see if there were any other periods with similar characteristics.… Read More