Some investors prefer growth and others choose value, just as some diners like meat and others favor fish. But unlike mealtime proteins, growth and value can be difficult to define. Yes, investment professionals should immediately know growth and value strategies when they see them. But in some cases the difference between growth and value has been blurred. How do you benchmark your growth versus value approach?

Possibly, you defer to one of the major index providers. All of them segment many of their market measures into growth and value subindexes. But each index provider uses a different set of criteria to separate growth from value. That means it may not be so easy to tell the meat from the fish.

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