Why a Market Crash Might Not Be Far Away
Henry Blodget sees stocks '40% overvalued'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 9, 2013 3:05 PM CST
Traders converse on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – The stock market may be looking healthy lately, but don't be deceived, writes Henry Blodget at Business Insider: We could be en route to another crash. "Every valid valuation measure I look at suggests that stocks are at least 40% overvalued and, therefore, are likely to produce lousy returns over the next 10 years," Blodget notes. Those metrics—which include cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio, market cap to revenue, and market cap to GDP—point to returns of about 2.5% per year for the S&P 500.

That's a lot less than recent years' returns, which have been in the double digits; it's also a lot less than the long-term average of about 10%. It wouldn't be disastrous if stocks were to "park" where they are now, "but stocks rarely 'park.' They usually boom and bust," Blodget writes. His own figures and those of analyst John Hussman suggest a crash could be as big as 55%, meaning a Dow below 8,000 and an S&P 500 below 900. "The higher we go, the less surprised I will be to see the stock market crash." He quotes Hussman:

  • "We may yet see some amount of further short-term speculation, but already for the median stock, the long-term investment outlook has never been worse."
Still, Blodget writes, he's not planning on selling. Click for his full piece.

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Nov 11, 2013 2:57 AM CST
Old Henry must have just bought a bunch of put options. In 2003, he was charged with civil securities fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.[6] He agreed to a permanent ban from the securities industry and paid a $2 million fine plus a $2 million disgorgement.[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Blodget
Nov 10, 2013 9:50 AM CST
Invest in gold, silver and keep your powder dry !
Nov 10, 2013 7:13 AM CST
The only thing propping up the market is the fact the Fed has been printing currency and keeping interest rates artificially low. All investment is short term. The wealthy are getting richer because of Obama's policies. The exact opposite of the things he has been lying about since 2008