By Henry Ma, Julex Capital Management

Since the end of the financial crisis, the US has led the global equity market recoveries for over eight years.  Table 1 shows the total returns of US and international equity market ETFs.

The S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY) gained 303.8% after it bottomed on March 9, 2009, while the MSCI EAFE Index ETF (EFA) and MSCI Emerging Market Index ETF (EEM) only rose approximately 150%. As US stocks are hitting records day after day, many investors have become more and more concerned about the valuation of the market.

The monthly Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund manager report found 83 percent of respondents saying US stocks are too overvalued, a record number since 1999. The widely-quoted Shiller PE Ratio has reached 30, much higher than the historical average of 16. So how can investors find value in equities?

Table 1: Global Equity Market Performance (%)

ETFNameYTD 20171-Year3-Year5-YearSince 03/09/2009
SPYSPDR S&P 500 Index ETF11.415.834.693.7303.8
EFAiShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF17.818.28.151.9157.6
EEMiShares MSCI EM Index ETF25.722.65.021.3141.5

Sources: Factset. As of July 31, 2017

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