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Comment author: ColbyDavis 15 September 2014 07:50:41PM 4 points [-]

Good point. Again, these strategies don't always work, and their returns are more skewed and leptokurtic than broad market averages, which is probably at least part of the reason they work in the first place. An interesting thing about value and momentum though is that the two strategies have negatively correlated active returns, i.e. value tends to outperform when momentum is underperforming and vice versa, which allows for portfolio construction that can be less volatile than a broad index.

It is true that momentum hasn't been very strong in the US equity market since 2000. It has continued to work among global stocks in general, as well as in other asset classes. Though momentum might just be temporarily out of favor in the US I would generally expect this pattern to continue as the US equity market - and especially blue chip US companies - is the most efficient around. But the global capital markets are a very large place.