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When Being Cheap Can Be Good

As a value manager, our portfolios will normally trade at a discount to the market.  This can be comforting to discerning clients who understand that trees do not grow to the sky.  Particularly at a time when many believe markets may be stretched.  As of February 2017 the S&P 500® Index P/E ratio is currently trading at 17.3X forward 12-month earnings expectations.  Time will tell if this multiple is too expensive, however, our ACM private composites are trading at a clear discount.  And offer investors a cheaper alternative than locking into the market multiple for growth or income.

ACM Private Composite 12-Month Forward P/E vs. S&P 500® Index as of February 8, 2017

S&P 500® Index                                                          17.3X

ACM Core Dividend (85% Stock, 15% Fixed)           13.0X

ACM Growth (100% Stock)                                         15.2X

ACM Income w/Growth (85% Stock, 15% Fixed)    14.7X

ACM Balanced (70% Stock, 30% Fixed)                    14.2X

Our investment philosophy is value oriented. We are actively seeking companies that we believe are undervalued relative to the market and have good growth possibilities.  Markets will react to good and bad news, resulting in price movements that many times do not correspond with a company’s long-term fundamentals. The result can be opportunities for our clients to profit by buying when the price is deflated.  At each downturn, we are looking for opportunity.   But this takes patience, since it may take the market some time to realize the value inherent in these companies.



ACM Private Composite 12 Month Forward P/E vs S&P 500 Index:  P/E calculations as of February 8, 2017, provided by Bloomberg.  Lower portfolio valuations do not eliminate volatility or guarantee positive returns. Value managers generally invest in stocks that have relatively low valuations (i.e., relatively “cheap”) and are overweight these stocks relative to a portfolio comprised of stocks that have relatively high valuations (i.e., relatively “rich”).  Price-Earnings Ratio- P/E Ratio: A valuation ratio of a company’s current share price compared to its per-share earnings.  Calculated as: Market Value per Share divided by Earnings per Share (EPS).  Average S&P 500 P/E from 1990 through 2015.  Individual ACM Private Composite factsheets available upon request.






The foregoing content reflects the opinions of Advisors Capital Management, LLC and is subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that the statements, opinions or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. Securities investing involves risk, including the potential for loss of principal. There is no assurance that any investment plan or strategy will be successful.


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