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    S&P 500 targets: Is Forecasting for Schmucks?


    September 12, 2022

    If you think you’re having trouble figuring out where the market is headed, “professionals” are also split on the direction of the S&P 500.

    The S&P 500 closed at $4110 yesterday. It would need to rise 16.7% in the final months to reach analyst year-end targets of $4,800 and 4.6% to reach $4,300

    How accurate are price predictions?

    Famous investor Howard Marks released a memo last Thursday with the theme: “the reasons why forecasts are rarely helpful.”

    “Garbage in, garbage out”: Economists and analysts rely on rarely accurate models, and it’s impossible to incorporate and anticipate all possible events (i.e., natural disasters, politics, etc.) that could impact prices.

    “The macro future isn’t knowable”: Famous investors like Warren Buffett thrive by de-emphasizing the macroeconomic picture and instead, focus on learning more about the companies and industries.

    The better question

    Instead of asking where the S&P 500 will be by the end of 2022, ask this: Will the S&P 500 break new highs in the future?

    In hindsight, if you had asked that question at any point between 1957 (S&P 500 inception) and 2021, the answer would have been a resounding yes.

    Let’s ask it again: Do you think the S&P 500 will break new highs again in the future?

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