Chief Investment Officer, Cambria Investment Management
When people talk about indexes, they are usually referring to market-cap weighted indexes. Market-cap weighting is based on price and outstanding number of shares. One simply takes the number of shares outstanding and multiplies them by the share price to arrive at market cap. This calculation results in the biggest companies commanding the largest weights….
A question… Take five major asset classes: U.S. stocks, international stocks, long-term government bonds, Treasury Bills, and REITs. If their respective compound rate of return over the past two decades is compared, which would come in highest? Stocks? Maybe bonds as they’ve ridden yields down to near zero? Nope. REITs win the day. If returns…