As a value investor, I find it difficult to participate in the stock market when prices are generally only fair, rather than cheap. That is how I see the current market environment, with many stocks having risen significantly this year. Yet, I still expect stock prices to continue to rally.
During the market decline since September, I constructed a portfolio of undervalued and high-dividend yield stocks. When I could no longer find individual stocks that met my purchase criteria, I added broad market participation through the SPY S & P 500 Index exchange-traded fund.
When technical and sentiment indicators signal that the broad market has become quite popular again with prices up sharply ("overbought"), I'll sell the broad market exposure and keep a core portfolio of individual stocks. I still have a list of stocks that I intend to buy if they decline enough to reach my target purchase prices.
There are many confusing influences on stock prices at the moment, but I maintain that the likelihood is for a continued rise--though perhaps not new highs--in the major stock indexes.
S & P 500: 1430