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Does Inflation Actually Benefit Value Stocks?

March 29, 2021 Derek Bergen, CFA

With massive stimulus and deficit spending, rising inflation concerns have become a concern for investors. It is often assumed that higher levels of inflation bode well for the relative performance of value stocks. We explore the relationship between inflation and value stocks and why this link may not be as strong as investors might think.

Navigating allocation decisions in the face of rising inflation requires more careful stock selection than the current set of passive investment vehicles or factor-based alternatives are equipped to deliver. […more]

Valuation vs. Cheapness in Tactical Allocation

March 10, 2021 Derek Bergen, CFA

Many investors have abandoned their security analysis discipline in the search for low-cost investment products, and most academic research has applauded that decision for decades. Applied Finance has established an extensive out-of-sample systematic track record to confidently defy these trends with a disciplined valuation approach. Because of this, we believe investors benefit from valuation-based investment decisions, not only at the individual stock level, but also by aggregating data across entire investment landscapes. While notable regime shifts between value and growth preferences can be studied with an intrinsic value framework, we encourage investors to consider a comprehensive valuation metric in all of their stock selection, portfolio construction, and asset allocation decisions. […more]