GVAL Investment Case
Benjamin Graham and David Dodd are universally seen as the fathers of valuation and security analysis. In their 1934 book Security Analysis, they were early pioneers in comparing stock prices with earnings smoothed across multiple years, preferably five to 10 years. Robert Shiller popularized this method with his version of the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio (CAPE) in the late 1990s, and issued a timely warning of poor stock returns to follow in the coming years. The Cambria Global Value Index applies a similar valuation methodology across 45 markets and seeks outperformance by selecting markets based on relative and absolute valuation. Research performed by Cambria and set forth in Meb Faber's book Global Value: How to Spot Bubbles, Avoid Crashes, and Earn Big Returns in the Stock Market, shows that historically stock market returns are lower when starting valuations are high, and future returns are higher when starting valuations are low.
The Cambria Global Value ETF seeks investment results that closely correspond to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Cambria Global Value Index. The Index consists of stocks with strong value characteristics. The Index begins with a universe of 45 countries located in developed and emerging markets. These countries include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The Index next separates the top 25% of these countries as measured by Cambria's proprietary long term valuation metrics. The Index then screens stocks with market capitalizations over $200 million. The Index is comprised of approximately 100 companies.
Why Invest in GVAL
- Classic Value Investment Approach - A long-held pillar of value investing provides that investors should buy the stocks of companies that are trading below their intrinsic values. The GVAL portfolio invests in the top quartile of what the Cambria Global Value Index identifies as the cheapest markets in the world based on long term valuation metrics. This has the potential benefit of investing in classic value companies around the world that are trading at a discount to their intrinsic value.
- Breaking the Market Capitalization Link - One challenge of market cap investing is that market capitalization weighted indexes can expose the investor to overweighting overvalued companies. GVAL allows the investor to break the size and price link, and be agnostic as to the foreign and emerging markets in which to invest, so long as these markets are trading at low valuations.
- Removing Emotional Decision Making - One of the difficulties of investing in foreign countries is the inability to stay the course when geopolitical headlines are negative. The Cambria Global Value ETF rebalances into countries that are trading at low valuations, which often coincide with negative headlines and bear markets in such countries' stock indexes. GVAL gives the investor the potential benefit of owning securities in over-sold markets
- Protection Against Absolute Overvaluation - GVAL invests in the top 25% of countries based on long term valuation metrics, but also will move a portion or all of the portfolio to cash and bonds when individual markets do not pass absolute valuation filters.
- Diversification - The fund owns a broad portfolio of companies of different sizes, industries and sectors, and that are located in different developed and emerging countries, providing investors with a diversified equity portfolio with exposure to numerous low valuation countries.
- Advantage of Active ETFs - Investors will receive the benefits and flexibility of the ETF vehicle, including the ability to be traded using limit and stop loss orders as well as on margin, intraday pricing, transparency of holdings, lower expense ratio, and a single-share investment minimum, all underlying Cambria's risk- managed portfolio design.
The Cambria ETFs are distributed by ALPS Distributors Inc., 1290 Broadway Suite 1000 Denver CO 80203, which is not affiliated with Cambria Investment Management, LP, the Investment Adviser for the Fund. Check the background of ALPS on FINRA's BrokerCheck.
The Cambria Sovereign Bond ETF was formerly known as The Cambria Sovereign High Yield Bond ETF.
EYLD, FYLD, GAA, GMOM, GVAL, SOVB, SYLD, TAIL, TOKE, TRTY, and VAMO are actively managed using proprietary investment strategies and processes. There can be no guarantee that these strategies and processes will produce the intended results and no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. This could result in the Fund's underperformance compared to other funds with similar investment objectives.
ETFs are subject to commission costs each time a "buy" or "sell" is executed. Depending on the amount of trading activity, the low costs of ETFs may be outweighed by commissions and related trading costs. Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not net asset value (NAV) are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined), and do not represent the return you would receive if you traded at other times.
There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment goal. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, international investments may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuation in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from social, economic, or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Bonds and bond funds are subject to interest rate risk and will decline in value as interest rates rise.
Investments in sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt obligations involve special risks not present in corporate debt obligations. The issuer of the sovereign debt or the authorities that control the repayment of the debt may be unable or unwilling to repay principal or interest when due, and the Fund may have limited recourse in the event of a default. Investments in commodities are subject to higher volatility than more traditional investments. The fund may invest in derivatives, which are often more volatile than other investments and may magnify the Fund's gains or losses. The use of leverage by the fund managers may accelerate the velocity of potential losses. The Fund employs a "momentum" style of investing that emphasizes investing in securities that have had higher recent price performance compared to other securities. This style of investing is subject to the risk that these securities may be more volatile than a broad cross-section of securities or that the returns on securities that have previously exhibited price momentum are less than returns on other styles of investing or the overall stock market. Investments in smaller companies typically exhibit higher volatility. Diversification may not protect against market loss. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume.
Shares are bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Buying and selling shares will result in brokerage commissions. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.
There are special risks associated with margin investing. As with stocks, you may be called upon to deposit additional cash or securities if your account equity declines.
On June 1, 2020, SYLD’s and FYLD’s investment objective and investment strategy changed. FYLD and SYLD went from being passively managed to actively managed on that same date.
On July 1, 2020, GVAL’s and EYLD’s investment objective and investment strategy changed. FYLD and SYLD went from being passively managed to actively managed on that same date.