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The value-momentum trade war

07 June 2018

Research Signals - May 2018

In the same way that global markets have witnessed the back and forth on trade discussions, developed market traders have sold off either value or momentum stocks one month, only to see them bounce back the next month. Momentum was the more widely preferred strategy in May (Table 1) as global markets shrugged off fears of a trade war as just a war of words. Hopes remain that growth in major economies will not be undermined, supported by global economic growth remaining solid in May according to the J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMI™. Investors now wait for further developments with upcoming European Central Bank, US Federal Reserve and G-7 meetings.

  • US: Natural Logarithm of Market Capitalization performance indicates stronger returns to small caps and 60-Month Beta points to outperformance to higher risk names
  • Developed Europe: Deep Value measures underperformed, with Book-to-Market one of the weakest in the group, while Price Momentum metrics such as Industry-adjusted 12-month Relative Strength outperformed
  • Developed Pacific: Japanese markets saw extreme movement in the Price Momentum style (e.g., Rational Decay Alpha) over Deep Value (e.g., Book-to-Market), reversing trends at the tails of factor performance the prior month
  • Emerging markets: Forward 12-M EPS-to-Enterprise Value and Rational Decay Alpha, which tend to represent opposing trading strategies, were both strong performers for the month

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