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Profitability: Growth-Like Strategy, Value-Like Returns


We examine historically whether investors could systematically have identified and profited from holding a portfolio of highly profitable firms.

Jan. 08 2015 — Value-based strategies have been the favorite weapons in many investors’ arsenals, historically yielding large returns and consistently outperforming. Most value investors focus on the price side of the equation – i.e., buying assets that are priced below their intrinsic values. Yet, there’s another dimension to the value equation that has been complementary to value and just as critical in generating excess returns. Enter profitability. Profitability has historically worked as an investment strategy because instead of focusing on the cheapness of an asset it focuses on the productiveness of an asset - i.e., its ability to generate earnings for the investor.

Profitability: Growth-Like Strategy, Value-Like Returns

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