Over the last decade, there hasn’t been much to complain about when it comes to equity performance. Even after the sharp decline seen in financial markets earlier this year, equity indices have rebounded with strength and now sit at or near all-time highs. The resilience, performance, and consistency of the market in the last ten years has been nothing short of impressive—that is, unless you’re a value investor.
Value and growth investment styles are two philosophies that are often compared and studied. The basic premise behind value investing is that companies who are undervalued, based on a variety of metrics, are sought out with the hopes that the market will eventually realize its full worth—it can be thought of as “seeking to buy a dollar for 50 cents”. Growth investing, on the other hand, is less concerned about the valuation of a company and more concerned about current and expected growth rates—even if there is a premium to pay. Growth investing can be thought of as “buying 50 cents for a dollar, expecting to sell it for 5 dollars”.