Value—it’s the Real Thing

For style-neutral investors, the debate between value and growth may feel a little like being a water drinker watching the cola wars unfold—a mildly entertaining distraction with little real consequence. But a look at the last 15 years shows style leadership and the gap in performance may serve as an indicator of market direction for investors of all stripes.

As shown by the black line, when growth outperforms value by a significant margin, performance for the broader market (blue dashed line) has often stumbled during the following six months. Conversely, when value has led, forward returns for the broad index have benefited—such as in the first half of 2010 and late 2016.

S&P 500 Growth - Value
Heartland Advisors Value Investing Market Insight value vs growth chart
Source: © 2018 The Leuthold Group and Standard & Poor's, 12/27/2002 to 12/29/2017
Return Spread in chart is represented by the difference in 1-year total return between the S&P 500 Growth Index and S&P 500 Value Index. All indices are unmanaged. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Economic predictions are based on estimates and are subject to change.
Past performance does not guarantee future results.
While current data suggests solid economic growth in the months ahead, we would be more comfortable with the direction of the market if value was to once again rebound versus growth.


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Heartland Advisors Value Investing Portfolio Manager Will Nasgovitz

Will Nasgovitz

Nasgovitz is CEO and Portfolio Manager of the Select Value and Mid Cap Value Funds and their corresponding separately managed account strategies. He also is CEO of Heartland Funds. He has 18 years of industry experience, 14 at Heartland.

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