Value Stocks: They’re Riskier Than You Think

This interesting Wall Street Journal article points out that value stocks, or value investing strategies, have been some of the hardest hit during this bear market and often times underperform during recessions. According to the author, ‚Äúsince the market peak in October 2007, an iShares exchange-traded fund designed to mimic value stocks in the S&P 500 is down some 56%, compared with 53% for the S&P 500 itself. The iShares ETF that mimics “growth” stocks… Read More

Grantham: There’s Risk in Value — and in Buy-and-Hold

Jeremy Grantham has released the second half of his fourth-quarter 2008 letter on GMO’s website, and in it he offers several intriguing points about why value investors got hit hard in 2008, where the economy is headed, and whether a buy-and-hold approach to stock investing makes sense. Calling 2008 “The Year of The Value Trap”, Grantham notes that the decades-long pattern of big market declines leading to great stock bargains and big recoveries did not… Read More

Pimco’s El-Erian: Beware of Value Traps, Seek Catalysts

Pimco Co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian tells CNBC that “every investor should go back to the basics” in 2009. According to El-Erian, investors need to focus on “diversified asset allocation, good implementation vehicles, and solid risk management”. El-Erian believes equities could lag until investor confidence improves and warns that some investments could be value traps — meaning their attractive valuations alone aren’t enough reason to invest in them and that they could fall further. Instead he says… Read More