The first step for investors is to come to a new understanding of reported earnings and the book value of equity.
There is a lot of talk currently about the underperformance of value stocks compared with growth stocks over the last fifteen years. In fact, value investing has performed well against all other styles. This seeming contradiction comes from the fact that value investing and investing in value stocks are not the same thing.
Book Value – Ain’t what it used to be – With the rise of company investment in intangibles, book value is losing its relevance.
Something over 80% of the market capitalization of the S&P 500 is made up of intangibles. Only a fraction of that appears on balance sheets.