Value & Small | Time to Take Another Look?

Last year, we published a whitepaper on The Conundrum of Value, looking at the long-term potential for factors of return such as Value and Small to outperform. This belief was backed by decades of academic research, which demonstrated the potential for these factors to rebound, regardless of earlier periods of underperformance.

Starting in November, 2020, we started to see encouraging signs. Then, in the first quarter of 2021, both Value and Small did exceptionally well.

In fact, Value enjoyed its best quarter in 20 years, with the Russell 1000 Value Index up 14% versus an 8.2% gain for its growth counterpart.[1]

Small stocks enjoyed an even stronger quarter, with the MSCI US Small Cap 1750 Index, returning 30.45%.[2]

It should come as no surprise that our PrecisionCore ETF models and our Panoramic Mutual Fund models—which are tilted to Small and Value and other factors of return--also enjoyed a strong first quarter.

Remember, this is short-term data and we never market time. There could still be reversals, periods when Value and Small underperform.

But Value and Small remain cheap relative to their counterparts, and our belief in their long-term potential—backed by decades of evidence—is strong. And we’re not alone.

Vanguard recently released research that Value could trounce Growth by 5%-7% annually for the next decade.[3]

Watch the video below to see how tilting to factors of return, such as Small and Value, and long-term discipline can make a real difference for investors.



[1] Old-School Quant Investor Is Taking a Value Victory Lap,, 4/16/21

[2] Morningstar Direct


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Russell 1000 Value TR USD: The index measures the performance of the large capitalization value sector of the U.S. equity market.

MSCI US Small Cap 1750 GR USD: Represents the universe of small capitalization companies in the US equity market. The index targets for inclusion 1,750 companies and represents, as of October 29, 2004, approximately 12% of the capitalization of the US equity market. Index provided by Morningstar Direct.

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