|From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors|
"The 2000 stock market was characterized by a significant overvaluation among the fifth to 20th P/E percentiles while valuations in most of the rest of the market were either average or below average. Today, the entire stock market (low P/E stocks to high P/E stocks) appears highly valued relative to history. Similarly, Chart 8 [in the report] illustrates that today’s valuation profile is also much more broadly extended than it was at the top of the 1970’s Nifty Fifty era."
- "First, the valuations of U.S. stocks are much higher than widely perceived or as suggested by the valuation of the popular S&P 500 Index. Moreover, today’s valuation extreme is not limited only to a subset of stock market sectors but rather is very widespread whereby nearly all P/E multiple percentiles are at or close to post-war records."
- "Finally, the current valuation extreme is not the result of poor performance from a single valuation metric. U.S. stocks are broadly and richly priced compared to earnings, cash flows, and book values. Second, because valuation dispersion is relatively low today, there are not many areas to hide from overvaluation. In 1973 or 2000, investors could reduce extraordinary valuation risk by simply diversifying away from the Nifty Fifty or new era tech stocks. Today, because values are both high and tight, lessening valuation risk may not be possible except by allocating away from U.S. stocks."
- "Today, even though a larger portion of the overall stock market is aggressively priced, it has not garnered nearly as much attention. A concentrated valuation extreme tends to loudly announce itself whereas a broad-based valuation extreme seems more stealth and, therefore, perhaps more dangerous."