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Value Investors Are Vexed

Value's decade-long slump is testing contrarians' patience.

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A version of this article was published in the January 2016 issue of Morningstar ETFInvestor. Download a complimentary copy of ETFInvestor here.

The concept of value investing dates back at least as far as the 1920s, when Benjamin Graham and David Dodd first began teaching finance at Columbia University. The fundamental principles of value investing were later enshrined in the duo's classic "Security Analysis," first published in 1934. [1] The idea is painfully simple: Buy securities at prices below their intrinsic value and wait patiently for their market price to reflect their true worth. Or as my grandfather used to tell me, "Investing is simple, buy 'em cheap and sell 'em dear. Did I mention that it's not easy? Good luck!"

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