If we do a good job of investing in high-quality companies with the potential for strong, long-duration earnings growth, we think starting valuations will matter less in generating attractive long-term performance. When we invest in a company with a high P/E ratio today, we don’t do so with the expectation the ratio will stay high indefinitely.
High-quality companies outside the U.S. look especially attractive to us. And their stocks have underperformed recently, possibly giving them greater upside potential.
Even after the partial rebound from COVID-related losses, we think high-quality companies in certain developed and emerging markets remain compelling investments. High-quality companies outside the U.S. look especially attractive to us.
To get a handle on the state of U.S. small caps after the pandemic-induced losses in early 2020, we ask: How did the U.S. small-cap group perform relative to other market-cap groups during the several years through 2019? How did they perform during the downturn...
Like a pilot relying on a plane’s flight-control instruments during an unfamiliar route with poor visibility, we are depending more than ever on our fact-based, unemotional investment methods. The overwhelming majority of our investments are in companies that we believe are built to withstand harsh economic shocks. Only on the margin have we slightly increased our trading activity.
Four reasons for optimism about emerging-market stocks despite their general underperformance and higher volatility over the last decade.
Although the relative performance of the Wasatch investment strategies was mixed during the third quarter — some strategies were a bit ahead of their benchmarks and some were a bit behind— the 2019 year-to-date and longer-term results (i.e., five years) have been exceptional across most of our strategies.
We often get a sense of the relative uniformity in financial-market performance by looking at the indexes shown on Morningstar.com. Of the 145 stock, bond, target and commodity indexes, 131 were positive and 14 were negative for the second quarter of 2019.
We recently heard a great adage about investing: “The stock market is the only market where people head for the exit when things go on sale.” And considering what followed 2018’s stock-market rout, heading for the exit certainly wasn’t a wise move.
Although the FAANGs were the poster children of the fourth-quarter market rout, losses were broad-based across sectors and countries. These losses were strong reminders of how important it is to pay attention to a company’s stock price in addition to focusing on its fundamentals and long-term growth prospects.
In the title of his quarterly message at the beginning of this year, our outgoing president Sam Stewart referred to a popular rumination of baseball legend Yogi Berra: Seems Like Déjà Vu, All Over Again.
With Market Indices at or Close to All-Time Highs, Investors Puzzle Over the Course Ahead. Meanwhile, The Slow-Growth Economy Is Perceived as the New "Goldilocks Scenario."
I believe this rally was the result of animal spirits based on the notion that Trump’s pro-growth policies will support the economy. At the same time, many investors assume that growth in the economy will lead to upticks in inflation and interest rates, which—along with lighter regulations—are perceived as positive for business.
Wasatch Advisors has been investing in India for well over a decade. We hope this paper will illuminate why we remain excited about the investment opportunities there.
Like the Enigmatic Title Role in the Play Waiting for Godot, a Resolution Regarding Global Monetary Policies Remains Elusive. But Perhaps We’re Waiting in the Wrong Place.