ASX LIC PERFORMANCE FEES L1 CAPITAL, THORNEY, WAM CAPITAL, VGI PARTNERS

A recent AFR article reminded me once again about how ASX LIC performance fees are a very nice deal for the fund managers. The article quite rightly posed questions about how they are free to choose whatever benchmark they like. Then why they sometimes are rewarded substantially when the shareholders go backwards, and why there is no standardised format to present what their performance numbers actually are.

In fact it, is due to the issue of ASX LICs choosing all sorts of variations in performance reporting methods that I wanted to explore some LICs in particular. Have they earnt performance fees way out of line with the results they have achieved?

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Contango Income (WCM Global L/S) & WAM Capital SELECTIVE buyback

Contango Income Generator Limited (ASX:CIE),has recently been trading at a discount to NTA of circa 16%. An upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) is set for July 14th. The business of the meeting is to:

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WHICH LICs WILL WAM GO TO WAR ON? WAM STRATEGIC VALUE REVIEW (ASX:WAR)

Is the new Wilson LIC, WAM Strategic Value (ASX:WAR) a buy?

Whilst WAM Capital has proven form using the underlying investment strategies planned for this new LIC, there are a few reasons why I would be cautious about jumping in. The performance fee is high, opportunities for this overall strategy have dried up somewhat compared to last year, and then there are the usual potential issues of buying LICs at IPO.

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PAYING $1 FOR 50 CENTS WORTH OF ASSETS?

The objective you hear from many value investors is to buy $1 of assets for 50 cents. The headline I used here is the opposite, what we should be avoiding.

Trading in a couple of wind-up situations I have observed this year has left me scratching my head. It has looked to me like investors paying around $1 for 50 cents of cash!

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ASX LICs AND IMA TERMINATION FEES – GLOBAL VALUE INVESTING

At first glance this blog post might appear to be only relevant to Contrarian Value Fund Ltd (ASX:CVF) and Global Value Fund Ltd (ASX:GVF) shareholders. I thought it was worth posting though because all LIC investors generally should ideally make themselves aware about certain issues. Part of the attraction for a fund manager launching a LIC is it is very “sticky” AUM revenue. Investors cannot redeem their funds like the traditional open-end managed fund structure. This “stickiness” of AUM fee revenue for the fund manager can often usually last for a decade whereby many Investment Management Agreements (IMAs) set their terms at 10 years.

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REVIEW OF MY INVESTING YEAR, ARE THERE UNDERVALUED ASX SHARES FOR 2021?

Like many in 2020, it has been a year I would prefer to forget. Hence I am reviewing things a bit earlier before the year has even finished.

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SHOULD ASX LICs / COMPANIES WIND UP AND DO THEY HAVE THE RIGHT “SKIN IN THE GAME”?

Should Australian Leaders Fund Limited (ASX:ALF), Contango Income Generator Ltd (ASX:CIE) & Thorn Group Ltd (ASX:TGA) wind up most of their operations and return cash to shareholders?

For full disclosure I own shares in (ASX:ALF) and (ASX:TGA) at the time of writing. I do NOT own shares in (ASX:CIE).

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LAZY 2020 ASX LIC BASED PORTFOLIO – & reflecting on 2019

The idea for this lazy portfolio experiment was for it to track a portfolio that required little thinking and tinkering. In keeping up with the lazy theme I shall try and make this post relatively brief (well only in comparison to my last blog post anyway), as it is nearing Christmas and time for a break! To those who are not familiar with this hypothetical portfolio experiment, here is a link to the background for how it started.

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