Is Market Index Concentration Good or Bad for Index Investors?
By Investment Moats  •  June 18, 2024
In his recent Morgan Stanley post, Michael Mauboussin ponders how the recent increase in concentration of US companies compares to the degree of concentration in the past and whether we can learn something from it. There are some interesting takeaways. I think it shows that the top companies, unlike the past, is able to create more shareholder returns when they are bigger. If you wish to read the report in full, you can find the 18-page report here. Or you can take a look at this summary. The Degree of Concentration We see Now is Not Unique 1963 was the peak of market concentration where the top 10 companies are 30% of the market. At the end of 2023, it is 27%. We are near but this is not new. Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh, and Mike Staunton, studied the concentration of the market dating back to 1900. They found that
  1. Concentration in the 1930s was similar to that of the early 1960s in the US.
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Investment Moats is set up by Kyith Ng and have been around since 2005. He aims to share his experiences making sense of money, how money works and ways to grow his money. It hopes that by sharing his experiences, both good and bad, season investors can advice and critique his decisions and new investors can learn from them and find their own style ...

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