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Author: hockeypop Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 214649  
Subject: Re: OT: Graham & Doddsville Fall Issue Date: 10/9/2012 3:47 PM
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From reading Greenblatt's books and interviews over the years, I think one of the main points of his formula approach is to follow the data even in cases where there are concerns regarding individual equities in terms of the sustainability of earnings, etc. I read the G&D interview to basically extend that philosophy to the market overall ... so while earnings seem to be at unsustainable levels as a percentage of GDP and as a percentage of sales, perhaps this is part of the "wall of worry" that could propel stocks higher over the next few years.

I may be misinterpreting the formula approach or the G&D interview entirely but that's how I read it.


While I respect their opinions, I don't think there underlying assumptions make sense:

1. Margins are at new base levels higher because wages are a new baase levels lower. I see no indication that wages, even when sent overseas, stay low. In fact, I think China is finding that low cost workers
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