Good Stories Are Better Than Good Fundamentals

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Hey Jessincorporated

The business world and finance is probably in one of the strangest periods we've ever witnessed in recent years, we always had suspicions that the financial and corporate markets were only loosely tethered to the real economy, but now we can see it is completely decoupled. It's only about the market functioning on complete speculation and narratives.

As is the same with crypto, especially in the altcoin market, the market cap and price of a coin has very little to do with what the project has actually produced.

Since crypto is still a relatively small the effects of this madness is limited whereas in the stock market has so much liquidity and investors that its limits are almost impossible to know how far we can overvalue a specific stock.

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The price to earnings ratio

One of the popular metrics people use to measure the health and value of a company is their P/E ratio or price to earnings ratio.

The price-earnings ratio is the ratio of a company's share price to the company's earnings per share. The ratio is used for valuing companies and for finding out whether they are overvalued or undervalued.

In recent years a higher P/E ratio shows that investors are willing to pay a higher share price today because of growth expectations in the future.

The average P/E for the S&P 500 has historically ranged from 13 to 15. For example, a company with a current P/E of 25, above the S&P average, trades at 25 times earnings.

I looked at some of the popular names, these so-called momentum tech stocks that people love to buy lately and we can see these companies are trading well above their earnings ratio and are grossly overvalued for what they do.

NameTickerPE Ratio
TeslaTSLA1310
ShopifySHOP756
SquareSQ377
ZoomZM280
NetflixNFLX86

Souce: tradingview.com

However, investors see these companies as unbeatable, that they are tech companies with high margins and near inflate ability to scale and capture more of the TAM (total addressable market), yes these so-called investors are banking on companies becoming monopolies.

While trading way above earnings is not a crime, having multiples of 80/100/1000 is something we have to consider as these stocks are seriously overbought for the time value they provide in the market, yes they can bring this down with time with the help of additional capitalization, but that remains to be seen, not every company can be a Google, Facebook or Amazon.

The best of a bad bunch

Having an absurd price to earnings ratios are scary. However, we have public companies that continue to suck in the capital and no small amounts and continue to lose money. The so-called spend $20 to earn $10 companies like Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Slack and Snapchat make having an inflated P/E ratio look like a reasonable standing for a business.

But that is a story for another day.

Fundamentals are loose, showmanship rules

When you don't have the merit to match the valuation of a company, you can always look to the things they promise. Look at the narrative they weave, look at their ability to capture more of the capital versus their competitors, if they are a bigger money drain than another they most likely to last longer, or so we assume.

Since money has become so cheap, it continues to be misallocated and thrown into anything that promises to be worth an additional multiple. It's not about the performance of companies, only about where to stuff money before it gets devalued.

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haha TESLA RULES! Elon for president! or not :P

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Lol that man can sell anything even promises of the future and get the money now

so true!

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Happy Christmas my brother from another mother hahaha! I wish you happiness and many many satoshis hihi

Merry Christmas to you tooo! Oh yes please more sats the better, the gift of BTC is the gift that keeps on giving

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This ratio's are very volatile 😏
Zoom was a hot thing but as soon as the news about vaccine was out Zoom did a dip 😀
Need to be careful

Yeah these stay at home stock values are based on the idea we need more social distancing so a lot of investors are playing the spread between vaccine stocks and stay at home stocks

Netfliz P/E ratio two digit as compare to Tesla with four digits...

Lol all overvalued, just to what degree are you willing to buy into their cash flow, at this point their cash flow is so overvalued

I consider the news or public perceptions as part of my investing strategy when picking stocks. It's not that they really hold a lot of weight on my decision but I want to gauge how people perceive them at the specific time period and forecast where it leads. Not everyone is a smart investor and even if the age old saying of being fearful when others are greedy has been proven true for history, it will be bound to repeat itself.

If I can't help joining in the fomo, I just toss some money I'd be willing to lose. At least this is a better alternative than having the money be gambled on a casino (not a financial advice). Though I rarely do such a thing since I stick to a trading plan.

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I used to look at figures and read some news on a stock I like, but as of 2020, I feel like its better to just leave your brain at home and FOMO in with the herd, if you did do that this year you would have made some serious profit

if you did do that this year you would have made some serious profit

This hits hard when good results happens against sound advice. I was told to stick to a trading/investment plan to have little regrets. But I do honestly regret not buying some BTC and ETH when both were at this year's dip. I had the money but I was hoping it to dip more and ugh. Oh well, at least I got some few regrets on it. I would hate myself more if I made more losses if I fomo.

I've not come across that term before but seeing Zoom on that list doesn't surprise me! The amount of Zoom weekly quizzes during lockdown has been insane as people look to ways of connecting to stay sane!

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Even so, how many people are actually paying for zoom versus their cost and marketing? The vast majority of people are using the free version and they've yet to be able to convert more into the paid model and it's not like other options like skype and teams are going to let them have a free ride and will eat into their margins even further

I do use zoom for work, but I sure wouldn't invest in the company at its current valuations that is for sure

The tesla ratio is hilarious...elon for president!

that man sure can sell a story and people don't doubt he can achieve it they willing to give him any amount of money, it's actually pretty amazing on his part

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