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The Truth About Stocks Today

Companies / Stock Market Valuations Aug 17, 2013 - 10:36 AM GMT

By: DailyWealth

Companies

Steve Sjuggerud writes: "Stocks are up over 100% since 2009. They're way too expensive now... You shouldn't buy."

I hear this all the time. Frankly, I've heard it so much, I'm tired of hearing it... It's just so plain wrong!

It's true that stocks are up over 100% since 2009. But that doesn't mean stocks are too expensive...


The truth is, STOCKS ARE CHEAP.

The largest companies in America – the best companies on the planet – are so cheap compared to history... and compared to anything else you could do with your money today... it's just ridiculous.

For some perspective... In 1972, the top companies in America traded at 41.9 times earnings. (This was the price-to-earnings ratio of the "Nifty Fifty" stocks, which included companies like Coke, Disney, and IBM.) Now that's expensive.

Today, based on 2013 earnings estimates, the top companies in America trade at a price-to-earnings ratio of just 11.8. These are the best companies on the planet. And they're dirt-cheap!

Take a look for yourself:
The 12 Largest Stocks in the U.S.
 
Market Cap
Forward P/E
Apple
$453B
11.8
ExxonMobil
$396B
11.1
Google
$290B
17.0
Berkshire
$287B
17.5
Microsoft
$269B
10.4
Johnson & Johnson
$256B
15.3
Wal-Mart
$250B
12.9
GE
$245B
13.2
Chevron
$236B
9.9
Wells Fargo
$229B
10.6
Procter & Gamble
$223B
17.2
IBM
$205B
10.2
JPMorgan
$204B
8.6
 
Median
11.8

 

The great value doesn't just stop here...

When you consider "relative" value, stocks can't be beat. You see, interest rates are much lower today than they were in 1972.

Back then, for example, you could earn over 6% on government bonds – you had an alternative for your money.

But today, government bonds pay just 2.75% interest. If you need a higher return on your money, stocks (with an earnings yield of around 8%) are the best game in town.

I recognize that stock prices can go down... that I could be wrong here. But I'm not afraid to pull the trigger.

When you have the chance to own the world's greatest companies at these incredible values – without much competition from bonds – the greater risk today is NOT owning stocks.

Are there problems in the U.S.? Of course. You can come up with hundreds of excuses NOT to buy stocks...

Saying "stocks are overpriced" is one of the most popular excuses. But it's not good enough. It's simply not true.

Quit making excuses. BUY STOCKS.

Good investing,

Steve

http://www.dailywealth.com

The DailyWealth Investment Philosophy: In a nutshell, my investment philosophy is this: Buy things of extraordinary value at a time when nobody else wants them. Then sell when people are willing to pay any price. You see, at DailyWealth, we believe most investors take way too much risk. Our mission is to show you how to avoid risky investments, and how to avoid what the average investor is doing. I believe that you can make a lot of money – and do it safely – by simply doing the opposite of what is most popular.

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