Category: ASX LICs

ASX LIC TRENDS FOR 2021 IN TERMS OF DISCOUNTS / PREMIUMS & POTENTIAL IPOs

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.

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ASX LICs AND THEIR IMA TERMINATION FEES

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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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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TIME TO BUY FIXED INCOME CLOSED END FUNDS LISTED ON THE ASX?

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.

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Guest Post – The ‘Melbourne Cup of LICs’: Our form guide and three favourites

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).

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ASX LICs and Claytons Buybacks

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”

LIC Investing – 10 factors to check before buying.

A checklist for buying ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs)

A list of 10 factors to check as a guide when to buy, scroll down for further explanations on each.

1) Discount / Premium to NTA

2) Management Expenses and ALL other costs

3) Performance Track Record

4) Investment Style

5) Alignment of management’s interest with shareholders

6) Ownership Structure

7) Investment Management Agreement (IMA)

8) Size of the LIC

9) Future Dividend Capacity

10) Marketing / Reporting of the LIC

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.”

LAZY 2019 LIC BASED PORTFOLIO. – thanks to Sharesight discount offer.

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.”

AVOID ASX LIC IPO CONFLICT OF INTEREST & BUY FGX ASX?

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.

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Unusual Fees in LICs?

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?”

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. 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.”

SHOULD I INVEST IN ASX LICs VS MANAGED FUNDS?

I often mention to other investors that looking for opportunities in the ASX Listed Investment Company (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.

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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.”