Interesting Chart



This chart was in one of the daily email updates from the Wall Street Journal.

I’ve always found it interesting that there were so many mutual funds and exchange traded funds trying to build ‘different’ portfolios from the rather limited number of listed companies.

However this trend of decreasing publicly traded stocks is probably not necessarily a good thing for small investors who won’t have access to some of the potentially more dynamic companies that have chosen to go or stay private.

So for the moment, we are down about half the number of companies that were public 20 years ago.