In this session, Ben Inker speaks about value opportunities today compared to the market environment a year ago during our last Investor Conference. Ben defines “growth traps” and why they are at least as destructive as value traps, if not more. John Thorndike follows with a deeper dive into regional equity performance and valuations and their implications for opportunities and portfolio construction going forward.
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- A year ago, value looked historically cheap across many measures. We implemented our Equity Dislocation trade (long value/short growth) and were pleased with investor interest.
- The concern about value traps is real. But the lesser discussed growth traps present even more risk to investors.
- Broadly, value outperformed over the last year, but with a high level of volatility.
- Over the last decade, the U.S. and Japan delivered on fundamentals while Europe and emerging markets disappointed mildly.
- The primary driver of U.S. exceptionalism over the last decade has been multiple expansion, leaving non-U.S. markets cheaper than the U.S.
- Value opportunities are an important component of our portfolios via long positions in non-U.S. value stocks and global exposure to long/short strategies.
The Value Opportunity Today
The case for looking different
As of 10/22/2021 | Source: GMO
*Formerly Cyclical Focus Strategy
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