The process of using past fundamentals to try to predict future prices has been in place for a very long time, and there is substantial academic evidence to support it. One of the major challenges of it; however, is what happens when we are confronted with breaking points that are so large that a company’s past results prior to it occurring might tell us very little about what it will look like after. The current situation with COVID-19 might be the most significant situation of this type that any of us will experience in our investing lifetimes.
In this episode, we look at the impact of COVID-19 on value investing and offer some practical tips for building a value portfolio during a time like this.
- Why cash is so important at a time like this
- The dangers of overconcentrating in stocks and industries
- How to value stocks when most companies will see significant earnings declines
- Why negative screens take on an added importance during times of crisis