Are markets really that efficient?


Here’s an interesting data set to look at that was first introduced to me by John Huber of Saber Capital. It’s designed to get you thinking about how efficient the markets are at pricing securities and open your eyes to the opportunities that often exist in some of the best businesses in the world. It’s important to remember that the stock price you see day-to-day is based upon the volume of people buying and selling that given day which on average is only 1%-3% of all shareholders of the company. This means that 99%-97% of the other shareholders aren’t selling.


A stock is not just some piece of paper to be traded, though most people treat it that way. A stock is a percentage of ownership of a real-life business. The value of a business is ultimately determined by its earnings (profit) over time. In the short-term, the perception from that small 1-3% of shareholders that trade daily is going to drive a stocks price. Over the long term, the business's actual performance is what will matter. Businesses that are profitable and growing those profits will rise in value. Businesses with declining profits will do the opposite.


The chart below shows you the 10 largest businesses in the US and how much their stock prices have changed over the past 52 weeks. These are the most widely followed companies in the world, yet their share prices bounce up and down based on sentiment, not necessarily the underlying performance of the business. Most businesses don’t improve by 50%+ in only one year. Especially mature ones.


*As of 31st December 2021


Investors don’t need to go searching in some obscure risky sector or geographic region to find opportunities that can provide outsized returns. If you keep your emotions in check, ignore the herd, and act rationally, you’ll be able to find opportunities right in front of your eyes.


- Brandt Butt, Portfolio Manager/Investment Advisor, CIM®


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Brandt is an Investment Advisor and part of an award-winning team at Endeavour Wealth Management with iA Private Wealth. Brandt’s focus is working with incorporated physicians and dentists between the ages of 35-45 who are looking to set themselves up on the right financial path in hopes of reaching a point where they are choosing to work, instead of having to.


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