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The Death of Factor Investing – True or False?

By: Curt Stowers

The basic tenant of my investment philosophy is derived from the work of Fama and French. Basically, these two University of Chicago professors put forth the theory that:

  • Stocks outperform bonds.
  • Small companies outperform big companies.
  • Value companies outperform growth companies.
  • Profitable companies outperform unprofitable companies.

Their work showed that these factors or premiums have been persistent and pervasive across both time and geography.

Over the several decades, there has been a decline of the number of small cap stocks in the US stock market. This has led some to ask whether factor-based investing (and the associated premiums) are still present.

The answer is a resounding YES!

The linked article goes into more detail on this topic as it pertains to the size premium/factor. Read the article here

  • Would you like to take advantage of the equity, size, value and profitability factors in your investing?
  • If so, would you like to partner with someone who has an investment methodology built around leveraging these factors?

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Enjoy the read and remember, it’s NOT about the money. It’s about how the money supports your goals!


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At F5 Financial Planning, we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

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