The (temporary) triumph of momentum over value

As I’ve mentioned before, momentum investments have been out-performing value investments over the last couple of years.

If you had just picked what had gone up in the past, it continued to go up.

Value investing, instead, focuses on understanding the value of a business and trying to buy below that value, thus providing a margin of safety (like building a bridge to handle more than you think it will bear over time).

Value has been, over the long run, one of the (if not the) smartest ways to invest.

Just because it hasn’t done well lately doesn’t mean it won’t do well in the future. In fact, quite the opposite is true–value investing is VERY likely to out-perform momentum investing in the near future.

As additional support for this contention, take a look at a recent Motley Fool article by Andrew Sullivan, CFA. In it, he gives you a flavor of the returns that are possible for value after it has under-performed.

Trying to time when momentum will out-perform value and vice versa is a fools errand, but, at times like this, it’s very easy to be patient and wait for value to begin out-performing again.

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