Value Investing, Evolved
CIO Austin Hawley discusses the dramatic underperformance of value stocks relative to growth stocks over the past decade—and why a strategy focused on intrinsic value is still relevant. A shift toward a service- and knowledge-based economy focused on intangible assets, and the emergence of internet-based businesses means traditional definitions of value have become less useful. However, price remains an important factor in determining future returns.
Small Cap Stocks: Selective Opportunity
Since 2014, mega-cap stocks have substantially outperformed small-cap stocks. However, today we sit at the widest valuation gap between small caps and large caps in nearly two decades. This doesn’t seem to be a case of simple mean reversion. Rather, there have been several fundamental factors contributing to the performance gulf between large caps and small caps over the past few years—some of which have been more structural in nature, and many of which still exist today.
Revisiting Excess Cash in the Technology Sector
In August 2013, we provided an analysis of excess cash on the balance sheets of four technology holdings: Apple, Inc. (AAPL), Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO).
Global Energy: Positioning for the Long Term
A long-term orientation allows us to move from today’s headlines to tomorrow’s prospects. While current energy headlines are focused on OPEC’s ability to accelerate the rebalancing process, we are focused on two longer-term developments that are influencing our positioning in the energy sector.