SA #16: IWD – Low Growth Is Not Necessarily Value – Also For Large Caps

IWD: Low Growth Is Not Necessarily Value – Also For Large Caps
March 27, 2023


  • There are countless methods and nuances of (systematic) value investing, but the general idea remains “cheap beats expensive”. Not always, but on average over the long run.
  • The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF tracks the Russell 1000 Value Index and offers a simple, transparent, and cheap implementation of the value premium for US large caps.
  • The Russell value process unfortunately equates “low sales growth” with “value” which contradicts with the best practices discussed in the literature on the value factor.
  • Despite decent performance when compared to an investable value peer-group, IWD is therefore not my preferred value implementation.
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