Regular readers know that I favor the median price/earnings (P/E) ratio to assess broad market valuation. Median P/E tends to remove common one-off accounting gimmicks. However, by almost any valuation methodology, the market is overvalued and probable forward returns will be lower.
As of September 30, the median P/E of the S&P 500 Index was 23.3 (with the S&P 500 at 2,168.27).
- 1,576.33 = Current Fair Value (this number is based on a 52.6-year median P/E of 16.9)
- 2,057.69 = Overvalued (the S&P 500 was at 2,168.27 on 9-30-2016, so it is at a level of more than 5% above what is considered overvalued)
- 1,092.81 = Undervalued is at 1,092.81 (a crisis event might get us there)
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