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Gartner Top 25: If the supply chain were a stock, would you buy it?

Want to know how top supply chain companies performed compared to the market last year?

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If the supply chain were a stock, would you buy it?

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but my 401(k) top of mind these days. So, as I was preparing our annual look at Gartner’s 2017 Top 25 supply chains for the September issue of SCMR, I wondered which would’ve performed better over the last year: A $27,000 investment in an S&P 500 index fund or a $27,000 investment in the 25 publicly-traded companies in Gartner’s 2016 Top 25 plus the two supply chain master’s in that year’s ranking. I’m going to call it the Gartner Index.

To answer the question, I invested $1,000 of pretend money using a September 1, 2016 purchase price in each of the 27 companies from the 2016 Top 25, or $27,000 total. I then invested $27,000 in the S&P 500 index on the same date – again, pretend money.

Yesterday, August 31, 2017, marked one year. How’d we do?

The Gartner Index returned a respectable 8.43%, not including dividends, leaving me with $29,486 on my $27,000 investment. I’d take that.

But, if you’re a follower of John Bogle’s advice at Vanguard, you’ve probably already guessed that the same $27,000 in the S&P 500 beat the supply chain index by $1,255, delivering a 12.17% return for $30,741. 

I’m going to create a new 2017 index and post a quarter by quarter tale of the ticker tape. 

   

 


About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

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