When Growth Beats Value: Removing Tail Risk From Global Equity Momentum Strategies

Andrew Clare, James Seaton, Peter N. Smith, Steve Thomas
2014 Social Science Research Network  
We investigate the relationship between value, growth and momentum investment styles across a wide range of developed and emerging economy equity markets. As would be anticipated, value investing generally beats growth. We then determine whether the application of relative momentum or trend following filters can enhance the risk-adjusted performance for either value or growth investors. We find that both value and growth portfolios benefit from momentum filters but particularly the latter,
more » ... h the application of such a filter still leaves investors with return volatility that is typical of equity markets along with negative skewness and with high maximum drawdowns. However, our results show that the use of a simple trend following filter typically delivers a much more favourable investment performance than relative momentum with considerably lower volatility and smaller drawdowns. Furthermore, the application of a simple trend following filter either on its own or in combination with a relative momentum filter, not only reduces the performance advantage of value over growth investing but actually reverses this advantage.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2436825 fatcat:yhxdwsthrje3dnv7jseh4eikca