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Is the U.S. Stock Market Overvalued?

According to FactSet, the forward 12-month P/E ratio for the S&P 500 is 20.7.

This P/E ratio is above the 5-year average (19.2) and above the 10-year average (17.8).

I drew the arrows on the chart to point out that the stock market is relatively overvalued, but as it did post-2020, markets can remain overvalued for a year or longer. 

Legendary economist John Maynard Keynes said, 

The markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.

Keynes's intention was to warn investors not to bet against the market based on weak economic or political factors, as he had learned the markets could ignore these fundamentals for longer than he could afford to maintain a short position.

Yes, fundamental analysts would say the stock market is overvalued, but what are you going to do about it? 

If you're invested in stocks or stock funds, you have exposure to the risk of loss. 

But like anything else that's a derivative of the price trend, fundamental valuation measures can lead you astray and stay wrong for a long time. 

To manage and mitigate market risks, we must necessarily focus on the direction of price trends to determine our exit early in the stage of downtrends or apply asymmetric hedging systems. 

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