Corporate Profits As a Percentage Of GDP

(Fortune) “Two years ago I believed the favorable fundamental trends had largely run their course. For the market to go dramatically up from where it was then would have required long-term interest rates to drop much further (which is always possible) or for there to be a major improvement in corporate profitability (which seemed, at the time, considerably less possible). If you take a look at a 50-year chart of after-tax profits as a percent of gross domestic product, you find that the rate normally falls between 4%–that was its neighborhood in the bad year of 1981, for example–and 6.5%. For the rate to go above 6.5% is rare. In the very good profit years of 1999 and 2000, the rate was under 6% and this year it may well fall below 5%”.
..Warren Buffet

https://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2001/12/10/314691/index.htm

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