I love this debate between the idea of Tobin’s Q-Ratio as th be all for valuation analysis. It is embodied between Smithers & Co. quoted in this scary BBRG article and Pragmatic Capitalism’s Cullen Roche.
Here is PragCap:
“Better yet, look at the number of times this ratio has been cited during the most recent bull market as a reason to exit stocks:
- In November of 2009 Smithers said equities were 40% overvalued (see here also).
- In December 2010 Smithers said equities were 70% overvalued.
- In March of 2012 Smithers said equities were 50% overvalued.
- And now we hear the citation about an 80% overvaluation.
At least he is consistent!
Let me remind readers of the folly of Single Variable Analysis . . .
Single vs. Multiple Variable Analysis in Market Forecasts (TBP, May 4th, 2005)
When Correlations Lie (Bloomberg View June 27, 2014)