Are you rooting for the Red Sox or the Yankees? Do you like the Florida Gators or Georgia Bulldogs? "Star Wars" or "Star Trek"? Do you prefer the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
We hear these kinds of arguments all time.
And if you thought the simple pursuit of profit was some kind of common denominator, well, we have these kinds of arguments in investing, too. "Are you a momentum investor or a value investor?" is a question I hear way too often.
It's depressing how the loudest, shrillest voices, obsessed with a fanatical need for purity, insist we take one side or the other, like two choices are all we've ever got.
It's stupid. It's horse hockey, frankly.
I don't care whether you're into momentum, value, or whether you're a closet indexer: If you keep an open mind and use the approach that'll make you the absolute maximum amount of money possible in a given situation, you'll enjoy returns that the value and momentum puritans out there can only dream about.