Friday, January 17, 2020

This week's interesting finds

EdgePoint video: EdgePoint's investment approach
At EdgePoint, we believe the most valuable thing about us is the application of our investment approach. Our primary goal is making money for you and your clients, but pleasing returns over the long term are more likely if you understand and believe in the EdgePoint investment approach. We hope this short video will help explain our process and act as a helpful reminder when your beliefs are tested. 

Charts on the market
Multiple expansion explains the S&P 500’s impressive total return in 2019, despite muted earnings.

Bigger has never been better?
The % share of the largest five companies in the S&P 500 has reached record levels in recent weeks. They now account for roughly 18% of the S&P 500 market capitalization -- higher than even the tech bubble. In 2019, the % share of the top five continued to climb while their % share of overall S&P 500 net income declined.

Rising concentration risks
Apple and Microsoft, which surged 86% and 55% in 2019, respectively, together accounted for nearly 15% of the S&P 500′s advance last year. No other stock even came close to their contribution.

Don't get scared
Peter Lynch once said, “The real key to making money in stocks is not to get scared out of them.” Take Clorox for example over the last 30 years. This company is up more than 30-fold over 30 years!

Here’s the stock, but over one five-year stretch.

Rising number of ETF closures
A study on 1,662 ETFs that were active in December 2014 showed that by August of 2019, 24% shut down and 30% experienced a decline in assets. Most of the growing ETFs were broad-based ETFs managed by either BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and State Street Corp., which together control 81% of all ETF assets.