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    Warren Buffett’s Stock Market Gauge Makes A Record High

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    The Buffett Gauge juxtaposes the overall value of the U.S. stock market with the nation’s GDP. Named after Warren Buffett, an esteemed investor, and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A), who hailed it as “the finest single measure of valuation at any specific moment,” this proportion offers clarity on whether the stock market is excessively valued or undervalued relative to the broader economy.

    On July 9, the Warren Buffett Gauge hit 196.19%, marking an unprecedented level. This surpasses the previous highs witnessed during the Dot-Com bubble, the Global Financial Crisis, and the 2022 bear market.

    The shaded portions on the graph indicate notable market downturns, where stock market bubbles burst and led to notable or substantial declines, which spectators could notice by the duration of these periods.

    What is the significance of Warren Buffett’s gauge?

    The Buffett Gauge compares the total market capitalization (share prices multiplied by outstanding shares) of all U.S. stocks with the quarterly GDP of the American economy.

    Market conditions are deemed normal when the total value of the Wilshire 5000 index, which gauges the entire market, is roughly equivalent to the most recent quarterly GDP estimate.

    Stocks are considered undervalued when they represent around 70% of GDP. Conversely, stocks trading at approximately double the size of the economy are viewed as a significant red flag.

    With a valuation exceeding 190%, the gauge indicates a substantial overvaluation of the current stock market and might suggest an imminent market downturn.

    How accurate is the Warren Buffett gauge?

    Since 1971, the Buffett Gauge has issued cautionary signals before half of the significant market declines in the U.S.

    Nevertheless, when analyzing data from 2000 onward, the gauge correctly anticipated approximately 57% of notable market declines.

    This could imply that the gauge is becoming more accurate or market downturns are becoming more foreseeable, given that professionals and signals are more attentive than ever.

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