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Do Investors Capture the Value Premium?


  • Todd Houge
  • Tim Loughran


Do investors realize higher returns by investing in value stocks instead of growth stocks? Examination of a sample of equity indexes, mutual funds, and large-cap stocks reveals no evidence that value firms have earned higher returns than growth firms. The value premium reported in the literature is historically strongest for small-capitalization firms, yet average annual returns for small-cap equity funds are 14.10% for value funds compared to 14.52% for growth funds. Despite dramatic increases in mutual fund expense ratios from 1965 to 2001, fee differences across style funds cannot explain the absence of a value premium.

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  • Todd Houge & Tim Loughran, 2006. "Do Investors Capture the Value Premium?," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 35(2), Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:hougeloughran06

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    1. de Groot, Wilma & Pang, Juan & Swinkels, Laurens, 2012. "The cross-section of stock returns in frontier emerging markets," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 796-818.
    2. Todd Houge & Jay Wellman, 2007. "The Use and Abuse of Mutual Fund Expenses," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 70(1), pages 23-32, January.
    3. George J. Jiang & Andrew Jianzhong Zhang, 2013. "The Shrinking Space For Anomalies," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 36(3), pages 299-324, September.
    4. In, Francis & Kim, Sangbae & Gençay, Ramazan, 2011. "Investment horizon effect on asset allocation between value and growth strategies," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 1489-1497, July.
    5. Julia Chou & Praveen Kumar Das & S.P. Uma Rao, 2011. "The value premium and the January effect," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(6), pages 517-536, May.

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