Obermatt research on 10,000 stocks in almost 100 markets.
Obermatt covers over 10,000 stocks, in all sectors and in almost 100 stock markets. These include the stock indexes from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India , Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
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Focus Markets for socially responsible investing
In addition to traditional stock indices by region and country, Obermatt also provides markets defined by social, environmental and corporate governance criteria. These market sectors are called Focus Markets. Each Focus Market has a specific stock focus, such as a common investment theme that all stocks in the focus share. Obermatt is unique in its ability to identify all stocks in each focus market, free of charge.
The key financial metrics for investment decisions
The three most important aspects of an investment decision for stocks are price, safety and expectations for the future - in that order, we believe.
The stock price is important because no matter how good a stock is, it will have meager returns if the purchase price is too high. At Obermatt, the price is measured with the Value rank. Safety is important because evaluations are always associated with uncertainties and unexpected events can occur in the future. The stock's safety is measured by the Obermatt Safety rank.
We cannot predict the future. In addition, a large part of the general expectations for the future are already included in the share price. Therefore, Obermatt Investing doesn't predict the future and something as uncertain as the future should not influance investment decisions. Of course, if you know something we don't, you should make a decision based upon your own information. Instead of relying on uncertainty. Obermatt limits its analysis to past performance and measures the operational performance of the company with the Growth rank. The Obermatt CEO of the Year rankings are assessed in the same way.
Top 10 quality standards
These criteria must be met to appear in the Obermatt Top 10 lists:
- The Obermatt stock rank must be above 50, except if there are fewer than 5 stocks
- The value rank and the combined rank must be based on data as per the date of publication
- The reporting period of the growth and safety ranks must not be older than nine months
- For most markets, the size of the company must exceed "Large"
- Sectors where balance sheet and profit & loss statement are difficult to compare, are excluded.
The quality standards we have chosen insure that investors, who follow the Obermatt Investing Handbook, can rely on the stocks from these lists. If fewer than 10 stocks meet the above criteria, there will be less than 10 stocks in the Obermatt Top 10 list.
Company sizes and stock size classes
Obermatt covers most publicly traded stocks worldwide. Based on market capitalization, invested capital, profits, sales volume and number of employees, Obermatt categorizes stocks into the following size classes:
"X-Small" and "Small"
A little more than 50% of all companies are classified X-Small or Small
"X-Large" and "XX-Large"
A little more than 10% of all companies are categorized as "X-Large" or "XX-Large"
"Medium" and "Large"
All remaining companies
Obermatt has introduced size categories to make it easier for investors to understand the size of the company.