Investing Style

DEFINITION of 'Investing Style'

In the context of stock mutual fund investing, refers to using one of three possible approaches -- investing in value stocks, growth stocks, or a blend of value and growth stocks - to create a fund portfolio.

BREAKING DOWN 'Investing Style'

Value stocks are perceived to be less risky than growth stocks, which makes the blend investing style a compromise of the two. Investment style, along with company size, is the basic determinant of a fund portfolio's asset allocation and risk-return parameters.

Fund investors should look for a high degree of consistency in a fund's investment style. Frequent changes could be an indication of the fund's investment manager chasing performance, which surely involves increasing risk.