Most Loved ( and Hated) Quant Trade Lures $3 Billion to ETFs
By Rachel Evens, Bloomberg
It’s one of the most polarizing strategies there is, yet betting on value stocks is back in vogue for investors in exchange-traded funds.
More than $3 billion poured into ETFs that focus on undervalued companies in October, the most this year, data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence show. The Vanguard Value ETF was the biggest beneficiary, adding close to a third of that amount. The fund rose 1% at 2:18 p.m. in New York Friday. Just this week, the SPDR S&P 400 Mid Cap Value ETF saw its largest inflow since December.
Buying cheap stocks has been a losing strategy for much of the last decade. The S&P 500 Growth Index has outperformed the equivalent measure of value by more than 80 basis points over that time frame, prompting some traders to declare that this style of investing is dead. But others remain convinced that the approach is due for a renaissance, particularly as the stock rally shows some fatigue after reaching a record.
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