Growth, Value & a Reminder of the Basics of Breaking Even

This piece is designed to add color to our Bear Traders post, which showed the five largest market declines since the 1960s. That piece explained the brutal path to getting back to break-even across the history of bear markets using the S&P 500. This brief paper will do the following:

  • Show how growth and value stocks fared in these market corrections
  • Display the valuation discrepancies between “value” and “growth” stocks today vs prior peaks
  • Show how these stock market crashes impacted valuation spreads & where the greatest risks are now

KCR has intentionally omitted reviewing the longest bear market in US history during the Great Depression. Galbraith and many others have written entire tomes about that market cycle. While certainly in the probability distribution, we felt trying to tackle that here would do the topic a disservice. KCR also omitted the Covid crash, which could, technically, be deemed the shortest bear market in history due to its recency and brevity.

Bear Market Graph: A Reminder of the Grinder

To our knowledge, nobody can predict the frequency of bear markets, but we do know that all bull markets do eventually end. Our research has demonstrated that valuation levels today are at record highs. This problem is exacerbated by a dearth of safety and protection in fixed income markets.

The chart below shows how value and growth stocks fared in the bear markets we referenced in Bear Traders. KCR believes the message is simple: even in the shortest bear market of 1987, the losses were severe.

Value Growth Both Take a Beating in Bear Markets…

As the following charts show, the time to breakeven was lengthy and brutal.

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Value Investing in Bear Markets

KCR believes the brevity of the Covid crash has allowed investors to forget the fear that grips people in corrections. Remember how you felt in the depths of the last bear market in 2008?  Be honest.  That was brutal even for industry legends.

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