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        Views 81132022.09.21

        Growth vs Value stock, which is better?

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        Value investing and growth investing are two different investing styles. Usually, value stocks present an opportunity to buy shares below their actual value, and growth stocks exhibit above-average revenue and earnings growth potential.

        Wall Street likes to categorize stocks neatly as either growth or value stocks. The truth is a bit more complicated, as some stocks have elements of both value and growth. Nevertheless, there are important differences between growth and value stocks, and many investors prefer one style of investing over the other.

        Growth stocks

        Growth companies prioritize going from small, up-and-coming businesses to leaders in their respective industries as quickly as possible. Early on, these types of companies tend to concentrate on building up their revenue, often at the cost of delaying profitability. After a period of time, growth companies start focusing more on maximizing profits.

        As those key financial metrics grow, the perceived value of the company rises in the eyes of growth-minded investors. That can create a positive feedback loop. A rising stock price can boost a company's reputation, helping it win even more business opportunities.

        Growth stocks tend to have relatively high valuations as measured by price-to-earnings (P/E) or price-to-book (P/B) value ratios. However, they also see faster growth in revenue and income than their peers.

        • Strong growth rate (both historic and projected forward). Historically, you want to see smaller companies with a 10%+ growth rate for the past five years and larger companies with 5% - 7%.

        • Strong Return on Equity (ROE).

        • Strong earnings per share (EPS). Pre-tax margins should exceed the past five-year average and the industry average.

        Value stocks

        Value stocks are not cheap stocks, but stocks currently trading for relatively cheap valuations relativeto their earnings and long-term growth potential. The market has undervalued the stock for a variety of reasons, and the investor hopes to get in before the market corrects the price.

        Value stocks don't have flashy growth characteristics. Companies considered value stocks tend to have steady, predictable business models that generate modest gains in revenue and earnings over time.

        Sometimes, you can find value stocks with companies that are in decline. Still, their stock price is so low that it understates the value of their future profit potential.

        Which is better: growth or value?

        Both growth stocks and value stocks offer lucrative investment opportunities to their shareholders. The best investment style for you depends largely on your personal financial goals and your investing preferences.

        Growth stocks are more likely to be appealing if the following things apply to you:

        • You're not interested in the current income from your portfolio. Most growth companies avoid paying significant dividends to their shareholders. That's because they prefer to use all available cash by reinvesting it directly into their business to generate faster growth.

        • You're comfortable with big stock price moves. The price of a growth stock tends to be extremely sensitive to changes in future prospects for a company's business. When things go better than expected, growth stocks can soar in price. When they disappoint, higher-priced growth stocks can fall back to Earth just as quickly.

        • You're confident that you can pick out winners in emerging industries. You'll often find growth stocks in fast-moving areas of the economy, such as technology. It's common for many different growth companies to compete against each other. You'll need to pick as many of the eventual winners in an industry as you can while avoiding losers.

        • You have plenty of time before you'll need your money back. Growth stocks can take a long time to realize their full potential, and they often suffer setbacks along the way. 

        Value stocks may look more attractive to you if you seek these characteristics:

        • You want a current income from your portfolio. Many value stocks pay out substantial amounts of cash as dividends to their shareholders. 

        • You prefer more stable stock prices. Value stocks don't tend to see very large movements in either direction. As long as their business conditions remain within predictable ranges, stock price volatility is usually low.

        • You're confident that you can avoid value traps. In many cases, stocks that look cheap are value traps, or cheap for a good reason. It could be that a company has lost its competitive edge, or can't keep up with the pace of innovation. You'll have to be able to look past attractive valuations to see when a company's future business prospects are poor.

        • You want a more immediate payoff from your investment. Value stocks don't turn things around overnight. If a company is successful in getting its business moving in the right direction, however, its stock price can rise quickly. The best value investors identify and buy shares of those stocks before other investors catch on.

        Finally, when it comes to overall long-term performance, there's no clear-cut winner between growth and value stocks. Which group outperforms depends a lot on the specific time period that you're considering.

        • When economic conditions are good, growth stocks on average modestly outperform value stocks. 

        • During more difficult economic times, value stocks tend to hold up better. 

        Tracking growth and value indexes

        These trends can be seen in growth and value indexes, which are benchmarks designed to track each group of stocks. 

        How to find growth and value stocks in Moomoo?

        It's simple to have a full list of all growth stocks simply with the "SPYG" index. And the method below can also be applied when searching for value stocks (just change ticker to "SPYV").

        Step 1: Search "SPYG" in Moomoo and click on the first result highlighted below.

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        Step 2: Open the "Summary" tab on top.

        Step 3: Click on the arrow next to "Top 10 Stocks" 

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        Step 4: Screen all constituent stocks included in the ETF.

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