Category: ASX LICs

LIC Investing – 10 factors to check before buying.

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. (Written first a few years ago but still relevant for ASX LICs in 2021 & 2022 I feel!).

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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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AVOID THIS ASX LIC IPO!

How to buy ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs)

Or not to buy?

Don’t fall for the hype of conflicted advice on ASX LICs IPOs and get hit with commissions

Warning fictional post about an IPO of an ASX Listed Investment Company (LIC). There is so much cheap money around I fear that if I don’t include such a warning, some will think this is real and want me to send them the prospectus! Continue reading “AVOID THIS ASX LIC IPO!”

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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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 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.

(post written first in 2019 and updated slightly for 2021, maybe the lessons are still not being learnt!)

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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 I BUY ASX SHARES NOW?

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.

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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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