Is the new Wilson LIC, WAM Strategic Value (ASX:WAR) a buy?
Whilst WAM 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.
Continue reading “WHICH LICs WILL WAM GO TO WAR ON? WAM STRATEGIC VALUE REVIEW (ASX:WAR)”
I expect on balance discounts on LICs to continue to contract in 2021, mainly due to a lack of supply. It is therefore no surprise that I am not expecting a great deal of LIC IPO activity next year. There was controversy surrounding sales commissions and LIC IPOs that got plenty of attention in 2019. (This was after a flood of new issuance in the few years prior, with many poor performers). For this reason, I do not think financial planners and investors have great appetite yet to take the plunge into new closed end fund products.
Continue reading “ASX LIC TRENDS FOR 2021 IN TERMS OF DISCOUNTS / PREMIUMS & POTENTIAL IPOs”
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.
Continue reading “ASX LICs AND IMA TERMINATION FEES – GLOBAL VALUE INVESTING”
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.
Continue reading “REVIEW OF MY INVESTING YEAR, ARE THERE UNDERVALUED ASX SHARES FOR 2021?”
Best undervalued stocks ASX for 2020
Well you might have to scroll until the end to see my two cents worth in regard to the above questions.
Also scroll to the end of this long post if you just want to see my Pearler Invest Review.
Continue reading “SHOULD I BUY ASX SHARES NOW?”
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.
Continue reading “LAZY 2020 ASX LIC BASED PORTFOLIO – & reflecting on 2019”
In this post I am going to explore how I think about the new wave of ASX listed fixed income closed end funds (CEFs). To be clear, I am not referring to various fixed income ETFs that are open ended. Regarding the CEFs in this sector, I am not very optimistic from this point in time. Well that is unless you are the fund managers offering them. They are clipping some juicy fees and as a result appear addicted to issuing more shares.
Continue reading “TIME TO BUY FIXED INCOME CLOSED END FUNDS LISTED ON THE ASX?”
This is a guest post that I thought would be of interest to my readers. It is in the spirit of Melbourne Cup Day, so I will be tempted soon in having my own punt on a LIC trifecta in the comments section at the end (feel free to do the same). Please read below to find out more about the author. (Note I have no affiliation with the below author / business).
Continue reading “Guest Post – The ‘Melbourne Cup of LICs’: Our form guide and three favourites”
Pressure has been mounting on many ASX LICs this year to address issues of sub-par performance and widening discounts to NTA. In some cases this has led to corporate activity in the sector that has subsequently seen strong returns in the shorter term for such LICs.
Continue reading “5 FACTORS FOR PROFITING FROM ASX LIC TAKEOVERS AND WIND UPS”
It has been a tough environment for active managers, so I thought I would take a look at a performance comparison of the most popular ASX LICs.
Continue reading “ASX LIC Performance Comparison – Not A Happy FY19”
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 ASX Listed Investment Companies (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?”
I am not sure where I first read of someone describing a buyback of the “Claytons” variety, but ASX Listed Investment Companies are relevant to this topic. 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 – Reviews of Argo Global Listed Infrastructure (ASX: ALI) and NAOS ASX LICs”
A checklist for buying ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs) shares
A list of 10 factors to check as a guide when to buy, scroll down for further explanations on each.
Continue reading “LIC Investing – 10 factors to check before buying.”
A simple game I used to like playing as a kid was spot the difference.
It is not unusual for ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs) to play their own version of the game. Continue reading “Playing Games with LIC Performance Reporting.”
It is approaching that time of year where I am looking forward to some lazy time having a beer or two whilst watching the Boxing Day Test Match on TV. I thought it was also worth discussing how a lazier way of investing can work. One that involves its fair share of ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs). Continue reading “LAZY 2019 LIC BASED PORTFOLIO. – thanks to Sharesight discount offer.”
Around late September it struck me that some investors buying WAM Capital (ASX:WAM) & WAM Leaders (ASX: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”
Should I buy the Future Generation Investment Company (ASX:FGX)?
- I shall later note how the Future Generation Investment Company Ltd (ASX:FGX), can be a cost efficient way in getting exposure to Australia’s best fund managers.
- The management expense ratio is effectively very close to a maximum of 1%. The fund managers therefore stand a decent chance of outperforming after fees in this vehicle.
- You can expect a fully franked yield of circa 4% and a steadier ride compared with most equity funds.
Continue reading “AVOID ASX LIC IPO CONFLICT OF INTEREST & BUY FGX ASX?”
There are now well over 100 ASX LICs. 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?”
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. This fund manager specialises in ASX LICs. 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.”