Have We Learnt Nothing from Investing in Closed End Funds / ASX LICs in the Last 30 Years?

This blog post is referring to a very old study of Closed End Funds (CEFs) that I read this year. CEFs are the equivalent of what Australian investors usually refer to as LICs. The study discusses in detail the typical life cycle of CEFs. It talks about why they often swing from premium to discount, and then back to NAV in a fickle manner. Continue reading “Have We Learnt Nothing from Investing in Closed End Funds / ASX LICs in the Last 30 Years?”

ASX LICs and Claytons Buybacks

I am not sure where I first read of someone describing a buyback of the “Claytons” variety. Perhaps I first read about Claytons buybacks here. Since then though it is always in my mind when I look at certain companies release their buyback announcements, especially LICs. Continue reading “ASX LICs and Claytons Buybacks”

VALUE INVESTING READING LINKS FROM FEBRUARY

Here are some links I have found interesting to read over the last month or so. Continue reading “VALUE INVESTING READING LINKS FROM FEBRUARY”

VALUE INVESTING READING LINKS FROM JANUARY

Here are some links I have found interesting to read over the last month or so. Continue reading “VALUE INVESTING READING LINKS FROM JANUARY”

LIC Investing – 10 factors to check before buying.

When I look back at my investing mistakes, one common theme is rushing into a new purchase. I find I have usually done better when a number of months pass until I begin accumulating a position in a new idea.

When investing in LICs I try to make sure I have considered numerous factors first. That helps me avoid getting itchy fingers and hitting the buy button quickly. Continue reading “LIC Investing – 10 factors to check before buying.”

Playing Games with LIC Performance Reporting.

A simple game I used to like playing as a kid was spot the difference.

It is not unusual for LICs to play their own version of the game. Continue reading “Playing Games with LIC Performance Reporting.”

WHICH WAM LEADERS TO FOLLOW, SPECIAL SITUATION INVESTING & APW

Around late September it struck me that some investors buying WAM Capital (WAM) & WAM Leaders (WLE) may not have considered some alternatives. Was there potentially cheaper back door entries into these stocks available? Continue reading “WHICH WAM LEADERS TO FOLLOW, SPECIAL SITUATION INVESTING & APW”

ADVANTAGES OF A SMALLER FUND SIZE / AND THE BOOMING LIC IPO PIPELINE.

Within the active v passive investing debate I think it sometimes focuses too heavily on active managers with large portfolios. I shall explore why active management can make sense with smaller portfolios. Continue reading “ADVANTAGES OF A SMALLER FUND SIZE / AND THE BOOMING LIC IPO PIPELINE.”

Unusual Fees in LICs?

There are now well over 100 LICs on the ASX. I must have looked reasonably closely at the fee structures of more than half of the current crop and have noticed a couple with unusual structures. I would be interested in the view from others about these features, and also if other LICs follow a similar arrangement? Continue reading “Unusual Fees in LICs?”

Factors to Consider When Going Global with Your Asset Allocation.

I thought this article may of be interest to the readers of my blog. My sense is that some Australian investors may rely too much on historical returns from the best global equity markets in history. Continue reading “Factors to Consider When Going Global with Your Asset Allocation.”

A good reminder on some themes to consider in LIC’s over the next year.

I realise many of the readers here may already have come across this article from Daryl Wilson at Affluence Funds Management but felt it was worth a mention. I tend to agree with many of their views in articles I come across and this was no exception.  I thought I would just comment further down about how some of the themes they brought up in the article may be impacting my own decision making. Continue reading “A good reminder on some themes to consider in LIC’s over the next year.”

LIC IPOs under $50 million. Potential traps and confusing performance reporting.

I often mention to other investors that looking for opportunities in the LIC sector has been a significant part of my strategy.

A reaction I have had on several occasions from them is to bring up an example of a LIC boasting great performance figures.

Continue reading “LIC IPOs under $50 million. Potential traps and confusing performance reporting.”

Investing in global LICs at IPO stage & brief thoughts on WAM Global.

Author’s note: In compiling this article I have used data as at 25th April, 2018.

Recently I was checking out Morphic Ethical Equities Fund (MEC) and observed how fickle the premium / discount to NTA can behave. It is almost one year since listing and this type of pattern I see quite often in new LICs. Continue reading “Investing in global LICs at IPO stage & brief thoughts on WAM Global.”