Would Gordon Gekko Invest in The Dental Industry?
If Gordon Gekko were a real Wall Street trader, would he invest in the dental industry? Would he replace his “Greed is good” mantra with “There’s gold in teeth, pal – and I’m not talking about fillings?”
If you saw the movies “Wall Street” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” you’ll know that good ol’ Gordo is obsessed with gaining and leveraging information preferably the insider kind before taking a very calculated risk. In Gekko’s words, “I don’t throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things.”
There’s a good chance that before making an investment move, Mr. Gekko would refer to the Summer 2011 Dental Practitioner Survey which was conducted by Robert W. Baird in conjunction with Dental Economics and included the responses of 143 dental practitioners. “The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”
According to the researchers, this survey is not scientific, but rather intended to give investors an indication of current industry trends. So how’s the dental market looking?
Well, despite the economic challenges over the past few years, there appears to be some bright spots in the dental market. The three big takeaways are the following:
- Sequentially stable consumables trends
- Expected dental consumables market growth in the second quarter
- Dental equipment demand slowly improving, although reliant on promotional activity
“I look at a hundred deals a day. I pick one.” So would Gordon Gekko invest his money on the dental industry? Before you answer by commenting on this blog post, read the full version of the Summer 2011 Dental Practitioner Survey.