Chart Junkie: A Generation of Overoptimistic Equity Analysts

According to top consulting powerhouse McKinsey, Wall Street analysts are not exactly prescient: “research shows that equity analysts have been overoptimistic for the past quarter century: on average, their earnings-growth estimates—ranging from 10 to 12 percent annually, compared with actual growth of 6 percent—were almost 100 percent too high. Only in years of strong growth, such as 2003 to 2006, when actual earnings caught up with earlier predictions, do these forecasts hit the mark.”

(Hat Tip: Jordan Roy-Byrne)