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Value stocks outperform bluechips. Is it just another fleeting moment of success?


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As fundamental factors get priced into stocks faster, it’s been challenging for value investors to find strong businesses at great prices. Even Warren Buffett, who popularised the cigar-butt style of investing, has moved away from it. But value stocks have proved many wrong, delivering superior returns in the last fiscal. Will the rally continue?

“The value investor of today should dig in with an open mind and a desire to deeply understand things, knowing that in the world we live in, there’s likely more to the story than what appears on the Bloomberg screen,” Oaktree Capital Management co-founder Howard Marks wrote in a January 11 memo to clients. After a long hiatus, value stocks have staged a strong comeback to reclaim their position among the top performers despite being written off

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