Global Value: Building Trading Models with the 10 Year CAPE
Mebane T. Faber
Cambria Investment Management
August 14, 2012
Cambria Quantitative Research, No. 5, August 2012
Over seventy years ago Benjamin Graham and David Dodd proposed valuing securities with earnings smoothed across multiple years. Robert Shiller popularized this method with his version of this cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio (CAPE) in the late 1990s, and issued a timely warning of poor stock returns to follow in the coming years. We apply this valuation metric across over thirty foreign markets and find it both practical and useful, and indeed witness even greater examples of bubbles and busts abroad than in the United States. We then create a trading system to build global stock portfolios based on valuation, and find significant outperformance by selecting markets based on relative and absolute valuation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: Graham, Dodd, Shiller, PE, CAPE, Price to Earnings, Stocks, Trading Models, Bubbles
JEL Classification: G1, G10
Date posted: August 21, 2012 ; Last revised: September 13, 2012
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