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Expect Further Losses For Stocks but 10-Year Forward Returns Look Better: Update December2022

  • The average of S&P 500 for Nov-2022 was 3,917 (16% down from Dec-2021 average of 4,675) and is 385 points higher than the corresponding re-calibrated long-term trend value of 3,532.
  • For the S&P 500 to reach the corresponding long-trend value would entail a 10% decline from the November average value, indicating that the S&P 500 is not significantly overvalued anymore.
  • The Shiller CAPE-ratio is at 28.3, 10% higher than its 35-year moving average (MA35), currently at 25.8, forecasting a relatively high 10-year annualized real return of about 7.2%.
  • The long-term trend indicates a forward 10-year annualized real return of 5.5%
  • However, rising inflation with a falling CAPE-MA35 ratio, similar to what occurred in the period 1964-1973, implies very low or negative 10-year forward annualized real returns.

Posted in 2020, blogs, featured

Expect Further Losses For Stocks but 10-Year Forward Returns Look Better: Update November 2022

  • The best fit line and prediction band were re-calculated from Jan-1871 to Sep-2022. This added over 10 years of data after July-2012, the end date of the previous regression analysis.
  • The average of S&P 500 for Oct-2022 was 3,726 (20% down from Dec-2021 average of 4,675) and is 207 points higher than the corresponding re-calibrated long-term trend value of 3,519.
  • For the S&P 500 to reach the long-trend would entail only a 6% decline from the October average value, indicating that the S&P 500 is not significantly overvalued anymore.
  • The Shiller CAPE-ratio is at 27.2, only 6% higher than its 35-year moving average (MA35), currently at 25.7, forecasting a relatively high 10-year annualized real return of about 7.5%.
  • However, rising inflation with a falling CAPE-MA35 ratio, similar to what occurred in the period 1964-1973, implies very low or negative 10-year forward annualized real returns.

Posted in 2020, blogs

Expect Further Losses For Stocks And Very Low 10-Year Forward Returns: Update September 2022

  • The average of S&P 500 for September 2022 was 3,853 (18% down from December 2021 average of 4,675) and is still 1,243 points higher than the corresponding long-term trend value of 2,610.
  • For the S&P 500 to reach the long-trend would entail a 32% decline from the September average value, possibly over a short period.
  • The Shiller CAPE-ratio is at a level of 28.4. That is 10% higher than its 35-year moving average (MA35), currently at 25.7.
  • The CAPE-MA35 ratio is at 1.10 (down from the December 2021 level of 1.51), forecasting a relatively high 10-year annualized real return of about 7.1%.
  • However, rising inflation with a falling CAPE-MA35 ratio, similar to what occurred in the period 1964-1973, implies very low or negative 10-year forward annualized real returns.
  • The historic long-term trend indicates a September 2032 value of 4,943; a 10-year forward real annualized return of only 2.5% (up from the December 2021 forecast of 0.2%).

Posted in 2020, blogs

Expect Further Losses For Stocks And Very Low 10-Year Forward Returns: Update July 2022

  • The average of S&P 500 for May 2022 was 4,040 (14% down from December 2021 average) and is still 1,469 points higher than the corresponding long-term trend value of 2,571.
  • For the S&P 500 to reach the long-trend would entail a 36% decline from the May average value, possibly over a short period.
  • The Shiller CAPE-ratio is at a level of 31.0. That is 21% higher than its 35-year moving average (MA35), currently at 25.6.
  • The CAPE-MA35 ratio is at 1.21 (down from the December 2021 level of 1.51), forecasting a 10-year annualized real return of about 6.3%.
  • However, rising inflation with a falling CAPE-MA35 ratio, similar to what occurred in the period 1964-1973, implies very low or negative 10-year forward annualized real returns.
  • The historic long-term trend indicates a 10-year forward real annualized return of only 1.9% (up from the December 2021 forecast of 0.2%).

Posted in 2020, blogs, featured

Expect Further Losses For Stocks And Very Low 10-Year Forward Returns: Update June 2022

  • The average of S&P 500 for May 2022 was 4,040 (14% down from December 2021 average) and is still 1,469 points higher than the corresponding long-term trend value of 2,571.
  • For the S&P 500 to reach the long-trend would entail a 36% decline from the May average value, possibly over a short period.
  • The Shiller CAPE-ratio is at a level of 31.0. That is 21% higher than its 35-year moving average (MA35), currently at 25.6.
  • The CAPE-MA35 ratio is at 1.21 (down from the December 2021 level of 1.51), forecasting a 10-year annualized real return of about 6.3%.
  • However, rising inflation with a falling CAPE-MA35 ratio, similar to what occurred in the period 1964-1973, implies very low or negative 10-year forward annualized real returns.
  • The historic long-term trend indicates a 10-year forward real annualized return of only 1.9% (up from the December 2021 forecast of 0.2%).

Posted in 2020, blogs

The iM-Multi-Model Market Timer – Not Your Daddy’s Old Moving Average Crossover System

  • Reliance on a single market timer is risky. The risk can be reduced by a multi-model market timer whose many components use different and uncorrelated financial and economic data.
  • This model seeks to determine reliable risk-on and risk-off periods for the stock market. When there is no definite signal for risk-on or risk-off then the investment is considered risk-neutral.
  • From 2000 to 2022, switching between ETFs RSP, VGT, SH, TIP, BIV and IEF would have produced an annualized return of 34.2% versus 7.0% for buy and hold SPY.
  • The model is not a binary indicator between risk-on and risk-off and does not rely on leveraged ETFs to produce such high returns.

Posted in 2020, blogs, featured

The Stock Market Is Overpriced, Expect Very Low 10-Year Forward Returns And Zero Real Returns By 2028: Update December 2021

  • The average of S&P 500 for December 2021 was 4675 (previous month 4670). This is 2155 points higher than the long-term trend value of 2520.
  • The current percentage difference of S&P 500 level relative to the current long-term trend level is 85%, a value not exceeded in the recent past since 2001.
  • The Shiller Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings Ratio (CAPE) is at a level of 38.4. That is 51% higher than its 35-year moving average (MA35), currently at 25.4.
  • The CAPE-MA35 ratio is 1.51, forecasting a 10-year annualized real return of about 3.8%. Should the CAPE-MA35 ratio increase further, then 10-year forward returns will be even lower.
  • The historic long-term trend indicates a 10-year forward real annualized return of only 0.2%, and the current condition of overvaluation suggest zero returns by the end of 2028.

Posted in 2020, blogs, featured

Estimating 10-Year Forward Returns For Stocks With The Shiller CAPE Ratio And The Long-Term Trend – Update January 2020 

  • The average of S&P 500 for Dec-2019 was 3166; that is 852 (i.e. 27% of 3166) above the Jan-2020 level of the long-term trend line.
  • The Shiller Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings Ratio (CAPE) is at a relatively high level of 30.1, and the 35-year moving average (MA35) of the CAPE is at 24.2.
  • The CAPE-MA35 ratio is 1.25, forecasting a 10-year annualized real return of 5.9%.
  • Investing in equities for the long-haul when the CAPE-MA35 ratio is below 1.30 should produce reasonable returns, as this level of the ratio does not indicate an abnormally overvalued market.

Posted in 2020, blogs, featured

Is the Stock Market Overvalued? — Update Dec-2015 — Estimating Returns to 2020 and Beyond

  • Based on its historic trend, the stock market appears to be marginally overvalued.
  • The historic trend suggests a probable real gain of about 20% over the next five years.
  • Analysts’ long-term forecasts of stock returns made 4 years ago appear to have been unrealistically low.
  • The Shiller Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings Ratio is relatively high (but not extremely high), and a market correction is possible.

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Is the Stock Market Overvalued? Estimating Returns to 2020 and Beyond

  • Based on its historic trend, the stock market appears to be marginally overvalued.
  • The historic trend suggests a probable real gain of about 20% over the next five years.
  • Analysts’ long-term forecasts of stock returns made 3 years ago appear to have been unrealistically low.
  • The Shiller Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings Ratio is relatively high (but not extremely high), and a market correction is possible.

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