From the desk of Steve Strazza @Sstrazza
For most of my career, I’ve listened to fundamental analysts make the argument that investors should be overweight international stocks because they’re “cheaper” than US stocks.
This has been the case for a long time now, and it’s merely a function of the fact that there are far more value and cyclical stocks overseas.
But, since value stocks have been out of favor for so long, ex-US stocks have severely underperformed domestic markets.
Growth has been the place to be for the last decade, and for this reason the alpha has been with the tech-heavy US stock market over its global peers.
But now that we’re seeing the tide shift in favor of value, we’re also seeing early signs of reversals in the US versus the world relative trends.
There’s still more work to be done before we have conviction that we want to favor international stocks, but the weight of the evidence continues to move in that direction.
In today’s post, we’ll discuss what we’re seeing from these relative trends and then go over some areas of the global equity market that are likely to benefit from the value over growth theme.