With an economic calamity and the Easter season upon us, we thought this would be a great time to resurrect our “Why We Normalize Earnings” vignette. Long time readers will recognize this as a staple from Green Books’ past.
Normalized P/E ratios show stock market to be cheap, but what are “normalized earnings”? We present our methodology and rationale is this month’s “Inside The Stock Market” section. While U.S. stocks are cheap, foreign stock markets look even cheaper.
Earnings normalization of some type is essential when making historical relative P/E comparisons. The more cyclical the earnings of a market index (or an individual company) the more important normalizing or smoothing becomes.
Clients are asking how much more is in this market? Herein we will attempt to provide an answer to this question, without the aid of charts, astrology, or Evel Knutson. Rather, we will employ over 60 years of historical valuation facts.