Combining Factors


With this combination, we took the lowest 20% of price-to-sales ratio companies and combined them with the second factors we tested for.

Price-to-sales combined summary

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Even though price-to-sales is also a valuation factor, on average, this combination gave the lowest returns of all the two-factor strategies we tested, generating an average return of 345.3% (median 333.4%). The best-performing strategy was selecting companies with a cheap price-to-sales ratio and companies with the highest 6-month price index values. This would have given you returns of 563% over 12 years.

The worst combination would have been combining the low price-to-sales ratio companies with those that generated the highest ROIC over the past five years. Using this strategy, your return would have been 184.8%.