August 23, 2019

What does “S&P-like” mean, anyways?

In a previous article, we compared the S&P 500 index to an EquitiesLab macro, issandplike. Our goal was to analyze the S&P’s value, by comparing the official index’s performance with a collection of similar stocks. But what does “similar” mean in this case?

According to Standard & Poor’s website, an S&P stock must meet the following requirements.…

May 15, 2019
Does the S&P 500 Cheat?

Does the S&P 500 cheat?

Introduction

The S&P 500 has performed spectacularly over the last seven years. So spectacularly, in fact, that some find its performance hard to believe. Are the stocks that make up the S&P being cherry-picked to only show the most successful performers? If the contents of this benchmark are not selected organically, its usefulness is suspect.…

March 26, 2019

Will The Real O’Shaughnessy Please Stand Up?

O’Shaughnessy’s screen focuses on low-cost tickers with small market caps. His reasoning goes that, as small as these companies are, most analysts ignore them. This lack of attention suggests that there quite a few diamonds in the rough within microcap stocks. Is he right?