Market Bubbles

by Jeffrey D. Saut
Financial Sense

“Market bubbles occur when the price of an asset significantly deviates from its intrinsic value. There have been numerous bubbles predicted in my 20 years as a professional investor. Fortunately, only two, from the perspective of US investors, came to pass. The technology bubble in 2000 and the financial crisis in 2008.” — Scott Kubie, Chief Strategist at CLS Investments

As many of you know, last week I traveled throughout Mississippi and Alabama presenting to our financial advisors and their clients. My message was upbeat, yet many of those investors think the equity markets are in a “bubble.” Why this “bubbleicious” sentiment is so pervasive is a mystery to me, because using S&P’s earnings estimates for this year and next (~$114 and ~$134) leaves the S&P 500 (SPX/2052.32) trading at 18x this year’s estimate and 15.3x next year’s.

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