Is growth investing working?

Growth investing is one of the oldest investment ideas. The idea is to select stocks that are "growing". Growth can be measured in different ways: are sales growing? is the stock price growing? are earnings growing? Every company that develops a growth index or a growth strategy uses a slightly different approach. It is unclear if growth investing works consistently over long periods of time. The stock market tends to go in cycles where certain investing styles work for a while and then they don't. The graphs on this page seem to show that growth investing has been working since around 2008. Use this page to quickly view the current status of growth investing. See more in our article about growth ETFs.


IVW, which tracks the S&P 500 Growth Index, and SPY, which tracks the S&P 500 Index:


IVW as a ratio to SPY


IWF which tracks the Russell 1000 growth Index, and IWB, which tracks the Russell 1000 Index:


IWF as a ratio to IWB


IWO, which tracks the Russell 2000 growth Index, and IWM, which tracks the Russell 2000 Index:


IWO as a ratio to IWM


Let's look at the price returns for key growth ETFs:

ETF Description Average Volume 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months 9 Months 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 5 Years Actions
IVWS&P 500 Growth ETF767,5294.03%32.44%7.51%17.61%15.74%28.41%54.86%85.67%Analyze
IWBiShares Russell 1000 ETF1,005,9650.49%27.78%-3.17%6.45%5.31%14.01%29.82%51.40%Analyze
IWFiShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF1,997,6494.98%35.25%9.74%22.67%22.08%35.33%66.01%98.86%Analyze
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETF40,889,185-1.51%36.11%-13.87%-4.51%-8.23%-14.64%2.34%16.31%Analyze
IWOiShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF411,3341.53%42.75%-2.98%9.03%3.44%-0.63%24.67%36.87%Analyze
RPGInvesco S&P 500 Pure Growth ETF100,2381.90%37.80%2.70%11.65%8.42%13.19%39.74%62.07%Analyze
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF108,815,1120.27%25.80%-3.52%6.07%4.61%15.25%28.61%52.65%Analyze

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