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The case to invest globally just got stronger

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The case to invest globally just got stronger

Right now, there’s no shortage of analysts cautioning investors that equities are over-priced, given that many businesses are sitting on elevated, if not euphoric, multiples. But looking more closely, is it the right time to switch out of cash and into global equities?


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Roger is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger brings more than two decades of investment and financial market experience, knowledge and relationships to bear in his role as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. But you have to be VERY selective. Overall, the S&P500 (on all the indicators like CAPE, Coppock Ratio, Buffett Ratio etc.) is very expensive, so buying the broad index won’t work. Not just the ‘unicorns’ that have run hard, it is all the FAANG stocks too.

  2. Michael Shapiro

    I believe the market, by design, creates a very small number of winners, and a large number of losers. This is structural and inherent. There has been talk of eventual bear market being the most anticipated bear market in history. However, the bear market cannot start when too many participants are actively anticipating it, and are ready for it. In order to create the biggest number of losers, and inflict the maximum amount of pain, the bear market will begin when almost all participants abandon their believes in imminent bear market, and stop anticipating it. That’s when bear market will hit, and hit very hard creating losers out of 99% of participants.

  3. Hi Roger,
    “will now normalise 12x medians and build its way toward normalising 13x”. Isn’t this an example of a “new normal”. I’m surprised you advocate this as you have been warning about accepting “this time is different” for a while now.

    • This new normal theme has been making the rounds for a long time now, and when you see people like Roger acknowledging it, ( not promoting it) you wonder how many dissenters are left on the sidelines. Which may bring Michael Shapiro’s scenario a bit closer to reality.

      • Definitely leaning on the side of the dissenters here domestically. Just look at our domestic cash balance. Also interesting take a look at the cash balance of Berkshire Hathaway too? Keep in mind Berkshire needs very large acquisitions. Buffett has frequently noted that if he had a smaller fund (in the US) he could be fully invested. Far fewer opportunities that represent value domestically.

  4. Andrew Bunting

    Demography! OECD greying populations are a powerful anti-inflationary tide, forcing statistical and policy inducing icebergs into global monetary & fiscal oceans. (Excessive mix of metaphors but you get the drift…)

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