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The chart below shows the cumulative sum of return on equity multiplied by weight in the S&P 500.

Home Depot accounts for 17% of all ROE in the S&P 500; Apple + Home Depot explain 24%, and so forth.

Only 17 names account for half of all ROE. Take out the top 70 names, and the rest of the S&P isn’t making much money at all.

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