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?
Continue reading “ASX LIC PERFORMANCE FEES L1 CAPITAL, THORNEY, WAM CAPITAL, VGI PARTNERS”
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”
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 “Brains in a bull market, Obscure exchange listings, fgx asx”
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.
Continue reading “Tweaks to my portfolio, Asia, addressing the LIC discount & being boring.”
Being a contrarian investor is easy, just find some stock ideas that are not popular. These 2 ASX LICs should fit that category. 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.
Continue reading “2017 MEANS US SHARES OUTPERFORM EMERGING MARKETS, HIGHER BOND YIELDS, STRONG US DOLLAR, MORE VOLATILITY IN MARKETS. OR DOES IT?”
Please do not read these comments as advice for making decisions on the below stocks.
My financial goals and circumstances may be totally different to yours and my decisions could be totally irrelevant. And readers cannot be sure I have a clue what is going on anyway, or what my track record is!
Before I begin on some notes I made on some of my holdings (warning – this is a long post of individual stock comments), I thought I would just point out a link to an article about the latest offering from Magellan. Continue reading “REPORTING SEASON WRAP UP, BUT FIRST SOME FURTHER THOUGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL LICs.”
Most investors probably have an inkling that active fund managers are not doing a stellar job when it comes to outperforming the S&P 500 of late. Sometimes a chart is worth a thousand words, and the above one ought to grab the attention of those with a penchant towards a mean reversion, contrarian and cyclical approach to their investing.
This post will predominately be for those that subscribe to the theory that active managers may be in store for some sort of return to favor over the next few years, and potential implications of this for some LICs.
Continue reading “TIME FOR GLOBAL ACTIVE MANAGERS TO OUTPERFORM & COMMON CATALYSTS FOR LICs.”
No harsh comments about the dog in the picture as he is a close friend of mine.
June 30 is often a time of reflection for investors and I thought I would sit down and do a quick self-review of the financial year gone by. As promised I went through and just noted the stocks that I have mentioned on the blog previously where I still hold, and picked out the ones that have looked shaky of late as at June 30. Continue reading “DOGS OF THE PORTFOLIO AND A REVIEW OF FY 2017, RECOMMENDED RESEARCH SOURCES.”
There has been quite a bit of shift in what is driving performance on the ASX since the 3rd quarter of 2016. At that time, I was surprised to note the extent of the outperformance of small caps compared to large caps for the previous year. Continue reading “HOW TO RESPOND TO THE POPULARITY OF PASSIVE INVESTING?”
I have commented on the CYA situation numerous times on the blog. One of the reasons I started blogging is I find it a useful discipline to force me to go back and look at my notes when I entered a stock. I first purchased CYA in September last year thinking that over the next year or two it was highly likely Wilson would gain control. Continue reading “WAM CAPITAL, RECENT WILSON LIC PERFORMANCE, WAM MICROCAP”
This year I have felt my blog has been a bit more down beat with my recent post warning of overheated asset classes, and generally I have probably written more about the selling I have done rather than any new buy ideas. Hopefully today’s blog post is a bit more upbeat as I go out and mention two new current holds and later clarify about why avoiding some markets at times in favour of cash is not necessarily being a permabear. Continue reading “AM I TOO PESSIMISTIC AND UNDER INVESTED?”