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M&G North American Value Fund: North American Equities - Winds of change?

28/02/2019

2018 was another disappointing year for value investors in the US. As hopes of a potential recovery in the value style once again failed to materialise, investors increasingly started to question whether value investing still works.

  • In 2018, the value style continued to struggle despite the previous headwinds from bond proxies and tech stocks abating
  • Looking ahead, we recognise that risks exist: the US economy is arguably closer to the end of the cycle than the beginning, whilst corporate earnings growth has slowed.
  • This represents a challenge, particularly for companies on high valuations and with high embedded expectations. On a risk/reward basis, we believe that cheap companies with low expectations represent an appealing prospect.
  • We currently see value opportunities right across the market – in most sectors the fund’s holdings are cheaper than the S&P 500 sector valuation
  • With cheap valuations and robust fundamentals we think the fund is in a good position to withstand any further turbulence and participate in a potential value recovery.

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