What is the Best Strategy for Investing in Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa?
Recently there has been talk of the emergence of smarter ways to capture beta in African markets, the major ones in question being Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa. Here’s our take on the three largest forces we see disrupting markets in Africa for the better over the next 3 years and how to best gain exposure to them.
The Latest Look at the Total Return Roller Coaster
Here's an interesting set of charts that will especially resonate with those of us who follow economic and market cycles. Imagine that five years ago you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500. How much would it be worth today, with dividends reinvested but adjusted for inflation? The purchasing power of your investment has increased to $19,357 for an annualized real return of 13.28%.
S&P 500 ETFs
The S&P 500 index is arguably the most well-known worldwide. It is based on the market cap of the 500 largest companies in the U.S. The first-ever ETF, introduced in 1989, hoped to mimic the index, but was short-lived due to a lawsuit. Several S&P 500 ETFs have been brought to market since, and we show their performance, as well as the tracking error relative to the S&P 500 Total Return Index (which assumes reinvestment of dividends).
The S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq Since Their 2000 Highs
This update is in response to a standing request for real (inflation-adjusted) charts of the S&P 500, Dow 30, and Nasdaq Composite. Here are two overlays — one with the nominal price, excluding dividends, and the other with the price adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (which is usually just referred to as the CPI).
Market Remains Overvalued
Here is a summary of the four market valuation indicators we update on a monthly basis.
- The Crestmont Research P/E Ratio
- The cyclical P/E ratio using the trailing 10-year earnings as the divisor
- The Q Ratio, which is the total price of the market divided by its replacement cost
- The relationship of the S&P Composite price to a regression trendline
The Danger in Private Real Estate Investments
A question I’m often asked involves the merits of investing in private real estate as an alternative to publicly available REITs. To answer that question, I will turn to the historical evidence.
The Q Ratio and Market Valuation: July Update
The Q Ratio is a popular method of estimating the fair value of the stock market developed by Nobel Laureate James Tobin. It's a fairly simple concept, but laborious to calculate. The Q Ratio is the total price of the market divided by the replacement cost of all its companies. This update includes the July close data.
The Long-Term Track Record for Factor Investing
A landmark study looked back at more than 100 years of data and 23 countries to determine if there are reasons to believe the cross-sectional patterns in factor returns will persist, or whether they were just anomalies that tended to disappear after publication.
Regression to Trend: Another Look at Long-Term Market Performance
Quick take: At the end of July the inflation-adjusted S&P 500 index price was 116% above its long-term trend, up from 113% the previous month.
About the only certainty in the stock market is that, over the long haul, over performance turns into underperformance and vice versa. Is there a pattern to this movement? Let's apply some simple regression analysis to the question.
Crestmont Market Valuation Update: July
Quick take: Based on the July S&P 500 average of daily closes, the Crestmont P/E is 130% above its arithmetic mean and at the 99th percentile of this fourteen-plus-decade monthly metric.
A Perspective on Secular Bull and Bear Markets
Was the March 2009 low the end of a secular bear market and the beginning of a secular bull? At this point, nine years later, the S&P 500 has set a series of inflation-adjusted record highs based on monthly averages of daily closes. Let's examine the past to broaden our understanding of the range of historical trends in market performance. An obvious feature of this inflation-adjusted series is the pattern of long-term alternations between up-and down-trends.
Moving Averages: July Month-End Update
Valid until the market close on August 31, 2018.
The S&P 500 closed June with a monthly gain of 3.60% after a small gain of 0.48% in June. All three S&P 500 MAs are signaling "invested" and three of five Ivy Portfolio ETFs — Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), Vanguard REIT Index (VNQ), and PowerShares DB Commodity Index (DBC) — are signaling "invested".
Home Prices Rise Remain Steady in May
With today's release of the May S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, we learned that seasonally adjusted home prices for the benchmark 20-city index were up 0.21% month over month. The seasonally adjusted national index year-over-year change has hovered between 4.2% and 6.7% for the last two-plus years. Today's S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index (nominal) reached another new high.
Moving Averages: Month-End Preview
Here is an advance preview of the monthly moving averages we track after the close of the last business day of the month. At this point, before the close on the last day of the month, all three S&P 500 strategies are signaling "invested" — unchanged from last month's triple "invested" signal. Three out of five Ivy Portfolio ETFs — Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), Vanguard REIT Index (VNQ), and PowerShares DB Commodity Index (DBC) — are signaling "invested", unchanged from last month's "signal.
World Markets Update
Four of eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through Friday, July 30, 2018. The top performer this year is India's BSE SENSEX with a gain of 10.89%. In second is our own S&P 500 with a gain of 4.82%. In third is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 3.44%. Coming in last is Shanghai's SSE with a loss of 13.25%.