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Momentum investing looks doomed for Asia stocks, says Bernstein

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Bloomberg9/25/2020 06:29 AM GMT+08  • 1 min read
Momentum investing looks doomed for Asia stocks, says Bernstein
So-called momentum trading will likely underperform regardless of the direction of markets or volatility, the brokerage says.
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An investment strategy that attempts to profit off existing market trends is “doomed tactically” for Asian equities, according to Sanford C. Bernstein.

So-called momentum trading, which seeks to buy rising stocks and short downward-trending ones, will likely underperform regardless of the direction of markets or volatility, the brokerage says. It recommends investors reduce exposure to high-momentum shares.

“History is stacking up against momentum” in Asia, Bernstein analysts Rupal Agarwal and Anusha Madireddy wrote in a note. “The evidence for long-term momentum premium is weak in Asia –- the best momentum strategy has generated annualized returns of 6% in last 20 years,” they wrote.

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