Today’s chart, created by Topdown Charts, shows that the number of US equity investment funds now equals the number of US listed stocks. So, theoretically, there is one investment fund for every company. Or, put differently, there are many investment strategies that are based on the same, fixed selection of US stocks, which explains the high level of correlation between most of these strategies. But the chart also shows that the number of listed stocks has declined in the last 20 years. Obviously this is explained by mergers and acquisitions and defaults, but also by the fact that companies have chosen to ‘go private’ again. It is also a gentle reminder that the stock market is not the economy.
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