Mexico has been singled out by investors as one of the countries best placed to economically benefit from geopolitical changes. Referring to Mexico, JPMorgan’s chief executive Jamie Dimon told Bloomberg TV this month: “If you had to pick a country this might be the number one opportunity.” Mexico this year became the US’s largest trading partner, ahead of Canada, as it began to win a bigger share of the ground lost by China. Sceptics point out that foreign direct investment, which rose to a record $32.9 billion in the first nine months of this year, mostly reflects reinvestment of profits rather than new projects.
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- December 4, 2023
At a high level, while there has been some decline in core profitability, most of the decrease in quality has come from an influx of unprofitable companies, which, after three years, enter the core cohort and contribute to deteriorating quality. In fact, the companies that have gone public since 2013, net of de-listings, currently account for 57% of our small-cap US universe of 2,750 stocks. Given the steep decline in quality since 2013 among new entrants, this significant influx has contributed to a broad deterioration of quality. To make matters worse, the exits from the small-cap universe have tended to be of higher quality than the core cohort. The new entrants to the US small-cap universe, on a market cap-weighted basis, have been heavily concentrated in biotech, financials, and health care. The SPAC boom of 2021 comprised a large portion of the financial entrants, but the biotech and health care overweights are notable.