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”
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.”
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”
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?”
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.”
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.
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.”
Advantages well documented from the likes of the Barefoot Investor and financial media in general.
The positives of the older, low fee LICs I feel are very well known and covered. They have usually got a good run in the financial press from the likes of the Barefoot Investor, and deservedly so. I personally think they have been excellent investment products for so many for such a long time. I particularly like the positive influence they have had on investors helping them with the behavioural aspects. i.e. sticking the course and seeing the benefits of compounding, highlighting dividend returns and benefits from not overtrading, including taxation benefits.
Now for the other side..
Now for the section where I might receive some negative feedback!
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.”
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?”
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.
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.”
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.