I was sitting through a presentation the other week and the speaker kept showing graphs/charts from J.P. Morgan’s Guide to the Market for the 2nd Quarter 2017. I couldn’t believe some of the information he was sharing, I knew immediately that I had to take a look at the full report.
Charts and Graphs from J.P. Morgan’s Guide to the Market
There is a lot more information than the selected charts below, however, these are the most interesting to me. I was going to try and group them together to make a cohesive story line, but that would be a tremendous amount of work and felt too much like shoving these charts into a single category when they cross a few categories. So I figured I would just share the slide and a sentence or two on what immediately came to my mind.
For the most part we, as humans, are awful at investing:
I wanted to share this graph first, because it was the inspiration for me to actually take a look at the presentation. The average investor is absolutely terrible at, well, investing! There are two take-aways without even looking up the underlying study/report that gave way to the information:
- If you, as an investor, bought almost anything and didn’t try to mess with it you’ll do better than trying to beat the system; and
- Fees have to take a huge bite out of the average investor’s return
Building on the theme that the average investor is terrible at what they do, you can simply just set it and forget it and almost know with certainty that if you ignore your investment long enough it’ll be worth more at a later date. Moving your holding time frame from 1 year to 5 year reduces a 100% equity portfolio from a possible -39% (since this is 1950 to 2016 my guess is that this one year bomb is 2008) to drop to a -3% cumulatively over those 5 years.
Even more interesting (at least to me) is that there are almost no negative 10 year rolling periods for a pure stock portfolio since 1950, and no negative rolling periods for a 50-50 portfolio during that same period.
I couldn’t believe this chart comparing the low point of the year with the calendar year finish. It looks like 2009 if you sold at the low of -28% you missed the ride all the way back and then to a positive 23% for the year! Right here is why people are terrible investors! Shit hits the fan and you bail when
I have shared a similar chart before on this site, but it is always amazing to me to see how the various asset classes jump around year to year It is rare to see a top performing asset class win the top title back to back years.
- Consumers have been in a worse situation with regard to personal finances. Look at the debt payments back in the 200s! We are at a fraction of that
- It feels like the household net worth should be higher
I know that this is obvious but holy shit, is education important! To see it quantified is pretty crazy.
I thought it was interesting to see just how little correlation there is (or possible inverse correlation) between consumer sentiment and actual market returns. The problem would be calling the top or bottom, or alternatively, the lesson would be just ignore the noise.
Kinda crazy to think that cash wasn’t always a dead asset!