In recent years, value investing has played second fiddle to growth investing. But now could the stage be set for its return to the limelight? Franklin Mutual Series CEO Peter Langerman weighs in with his thoughts and explains why he is optimistic.

We believe macroeconomic developments in the United States and elsewhere could prove a fillip to value investing after several years of underperformance.

The combination of suppressed interest rates and low volatility has contributed to an extended period in which the performance of value investing has lagged growth investing.

But as we shift from what may be perceived as abnormal conditions to more normal conditions—when there is some degree of volatility and a higher interest-rate environment—we think the equilibrium between growth and value will also normalize.

We are not predicting that there’s going to be a period of dramatic value outperformance versus growth. Rather, fundamentals suggest to us there should be more of an equilibrium reached.

And so, we think it’s an environment that’s more attractive for us as value investors than it has been for the past several years.

The Return of Volatility Offers Opportunity

The global political environment certainly makes daily life interesting and may from time to time play a role in increased market volatility.

We see volatility as an opportunity, particularly where the market is trading on shorter-term technical assumptions. Our job as long-term, bottom-up investors is to filter out the noise and to focus on fundamental valuations.

Of course, some of these developments do have impacts. Issues such as tariffs or taxation can have a real economic influence.

We look for those developments that are likely to have a longer-term earnings impact or that could affect stock valuations, rather than those pronouncements that might be reversed tomorrow, and then reversed again the next day.