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Value Investing: Tools and Techniques for Intelligent Investment by James Montier

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Chapter 8. Learn to Love Your Dogs, or, Overpaying for the Hope of Growth (Again!)[8]

  • While the zealots of market efficiency would like us to believe that value outperforms because it is riskier than growth, those of us working in the behavioural field tend to think it stems from investors persistently overpaying for the hope of growth. Recently, we showed that the risk-based explanations for the value premium didn't stand up to scrutiny. The behavioural evidence looks much stronger (but I am biased!).

  • If investors regularly overpay for the hope of growth, then we should see star stocks (those with past and forecast high growth) underperform dog stocks (those with low past and forecast growth). This is exactly the pattern found in the data. In general, dogs outperform stars by around 6% p.a. – not bad since we have ignored explicit valuation measures.

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