Investing in the S&P 500 | Summary and Q&A

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August 3, 2019
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Investing in the S&P 500

TL;DR

Investing in the S&P 500 has shown impressive performance in the past, but the likelihood of that performance repeating itself in the future is low due to statistical evidence and the active management nature of the index. Diversification and global exposure through a total stock market index is a more preferable approach.

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Key Insights

  • 🔁 The exceptional recent performance of the S&P 500 is statistically unlikely to repeat in the future.
  • 🍝 The S&P 500 is actively managed, making it less likely to replicate its past results.
  • 🌐 Investing solely in the S&P 500 limits diversification and exposure to the global equity premium.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What evidence suggests that the recent past performance of the S&P 500 is unlikely to repeat?

A statistical analysis using bootstrap simulations found that the actual performance of the S&P 500 was almost outside the range of statistical possibility, indicating a low likelihood of repetition. The past performance of the index does not predict its future performance.

Q: How actively managed is the S&P 500?

Despite popular belief, the S&P 500 is not simply the 500 largest US stocks. It is a committee-based index where the stocks are selected by a group of people. While the goal is to represent the US equity markets, the human element involved makes replicating past exceptional results less likely.

Q: How does the S&P 500's limited coverage affect investors?

While the S&P 500 covers approximately 80% of the US stock market capitalization, there are thousands more stocks that are not included. This leaves room for error in accessing the overall returns of the stock market and an increased chance of missing out on the global equity premium.

Q: Why is global diversification still important despite the S&P 500 constituents having global revenue sources?

While the S&P 500 constituents have global revenue sources, they do not offer the investor the benefits of global diversification. Research shows that a globally diversified portfolio, including the US and other countries, has lower volatility than investing solely in the US. Owning global stocks is still beneficial even as market correlations have increased over time.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The S&P 500 has performed exceptionally well in recent years, but statistical analysis shows that the probability of such performance persisting in the future is extremely low.

  • The S&P 500 is actively managed by a committee, making it less likely to repeat its exceptional past results and leaving room for error in accessing the returns of the overall stock market.

  • Investing solely in the S&P 500 limits diversification and exposure to the global equity premium, with thousands of stocks being excluded from the index.

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