As Rare As The Loch Ness Monster, Equities At A 10 P/E

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“Nessie.” That’s the nickname for the lake-living, reclusive beast that has lured spellbound tourists to a fabled Scottish lake—Loch Ness—for decades. This raging stock market has gotten to such a point that you could be forgiven for thinking the Loch Ness Monster hoax is more believable than claims of spotting a low P/E equity basket these days.

By and large, there is not much you can do if you want a really low P/E in the U.S.—not with the S&P 500 Index loitering around 3,800, its forward P/E at 23.

To get there, you might consider turning to emerging markets (EM). 

We have a couple of Funds that own a bunch of inexpensive stocks, the type of Funds you might own when you are decidedly bulled up on value relative to growth.

Here are two of our deepest value ideas: DGS, The WisdomTree Emerging Markets SmallCap Dividend Fund, and DEM, The WisdomTree Emerging Markets High Dividend Fund.

If you think 2021 will witness stocks with no dividends winning again, you don’t want these. But if you are scouring the landscape for companies with low multiples, these are the two Funds to investigate. 

Note the return on equity (ROE) percentages in figure 1. Pretty good for EM value, right? Both DGS and DEM are higher on that measure than the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, with notably lower P/Es. Additionally, the dividend yields are several percentage points higher than the 1.55% of the S&P 500.

Figure 1: DGS & DEM’s Valuations  

Figure 1_DGS and DEMs Valuations

For standardized performance of the Funds mentioned in the table please click their respective tickers: DGSDEM.

Like your search for Nessie or Bigfoot, you could be looking for a long time if you expect to stumble upon big slugs of Tech or Consumer Discretionary in DGS or DEM. These are reflation-based  Funds that are overweight Basic Materials and Real Estate (figure 2).

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