We are all gurus in a bull market, Obscure exchange listings, The other Future Generation Fund & Simpler times.

In a bull market like we have seen this year, it is easy for most investors to think they are quite talented. There haven’t been too many weak areas in the markets. Chances are, whatever your method is it is probably at least delivering very solid absolute returns. I must go back about two years to find a period that provided a slight test of investor’s nerves. It has led me to think of a couple of well known sayings in the market. Continue reading “We are all gurus in a bull market, Obscure exchange listings, The other Future Generation Fund & Simpler times.”

Management AIMS for a Claytons buyback?

In a recent blog post I suspected that the latest ALI buyback announcement appeared to be of the Claytons variety. Claytons was a non-alcoholic drink but marketed in the 80s as “the drink you have when you are not really having a drink”. It was to give the impression you are out having a drink, but wasn’t quite the same. Continue reading “Management AIMS for a Claytons buyback?”

Tweaks to my portfolio, Asia, addressing the LIC discount & being boring.

Firstly, I will just go over a few changes to some holdings of mine I had mentioned in the past, or some relevant news updates.

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TWO LICs YOU WILL PROBABLY HATE.

Being a contrarian investor is easy, just find some stock ideas that are not popular. Doing it successfully is not so easy! I have been doing my own little experiments lately and getting some indication of investor sentiment anecdotally with a very small sample set, and I don’t think my boring investment style is that interesting right now in a raging bull market. Continue reading “TWO LICs YOU WILL PROBABLY HATE.”

Is there even such a thing as a simple passive investment strategy?

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Firstly, let’s get started early with the obligatory Warren Buffett reference you always come across from any financial article in the media. (Hey at least I didn’t put it in the headline with a huge picture like most do). I consider a key driver behind the popularity of ETFs in recent times is due to media attention given to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire letter in 2013 that discussed a strategy for the trustee for his wife’s inheritance. Continue reading “Is there even such a thing as a simple passive investment strategy?”

2017 MEANS US SHARES OUTPERFORM EMERGING MARKETS, HIGHER BOND YIELDS, STRONG US DOLLAR, MORE VOLATILITY IN MARKETS. OR DOES IT?

It is funny how in early January we see so many articles in the media from pundits predicting how the various asset classes will perform over the next 12 months. For these couple of weeks in the year, suddenly it is critical that we form an exact 12 months view of various asset classes, with often precise end of year targets.

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REPORTING SEASON WRAP UP, BUT FIRST SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL LICs.

Please do not read these comments as advice for making decisions on the below stocks.

My financial goals and circumstances may be totally different to yours and my decisions could be totally irrelevant. And readers cannot be sure I have a clue what is going on anyway, or what my track record is!

 

Before I begin on some notes I made on some of my holdings (warning – this is a long post of individual stock comments), I thought I would just point out a link to an article about the latest offering from Magellan. Continue reading “REPORTING SEASON WRAP UP, BUT FIRST SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL LICs.”