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Cheaper to Rent than Buy? | Beneish-M Score Near Market Highs? | Top 10 Market Cap Companies by Decade | VIX Level Makes Multiyear Low

By Derek Moore

Show Summary:

Derek Moore and ZEGA Financial CEO Jay Pestrichelli explore data showing its cheaper to rent vs. buying a home in all but 3 markets. Then they bring up the WSJ article saying companies are “juicing” earnings evidenced by the Beneish-M score and historically whether a high M-score predated market tops. Later they look at how the top 10 market cap-weighed companies have changed over the decades and why this supports buying indexes (but being hedged!). Finally, the VIX did something it hasn’t done since…. All this and more in this week’s episode. 

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 Topics Include:

  • Where is the homeownership premium the highest?
  • Cheaper to rent vs own based on data from Redfin and Freddie Mac 
  • Comparing interest portion of mortgages to paying rent
  • What is the Beneish M-score?
  • Article by WSJ shows M-score is elevated at market peaks.
  • A WSJ article says companies are using financial accounting to juice earnings.
  • Top 10 largest by market cap companies in the S&P 500 index by decade
  • What about top 10 by market cap companies in the world?
  • The VIX now has a low not seen for several years.
  • What is going on in the world of volatility?
  • Equity market leadership shifts over time
  • Are Apple, Microsoft and the rest of the FAAMG stocks an exception?

 Mentioned in this Episode:

 WSJ article Business Is Slowing. So Companies Are Juicing Profits 

 WSJ article M-Score Messod D. Beneish Accounting-Fraud Indicator Signals Coming Economic Trouble 

 AI Driving Market Returns? | Size of Top 2 S&P 500 Stocks Now 15%? | Relative Performance of Tech vs S&P 500 Index at Extreme Levels 

 AI Is the New Crypto & Blockchain Post Nvidia Earnings | Reach for Long Duration Bonds | More Fed Rate Increases Coming? | 7% Treasury Bills?    

 Jay Pestrichelli’s book Buy and Hedge 

Derek’s new book on public speaking Effortless Public Speaking 

Derek Moore’s book Broken Pie Chart