Should Australian Leaders Fund Limited (ASX:ALF), Contango Income Generator Ltd (ASX:CIE) & Thorn Group Ltd (ASX:TGA) wind up most of their operations and return cash to shareholders?
For full disclosure I own shares in (ASX:ALF) and (ASX:TGA) at the time of writing. I do NOT own shares in (ASX:CIE).
Continue reading “SHOULD ASX LICs / COMPANIES WIND UP AND DO THEY HAVE THE RIGHT “SKIN IN THE GAME”?”
This is a guest post that I thought would be of interest to my readers. Please read below to find out more about the author. (Note I have no affiliation with the below author / business).
Continue reading “Guest Post – How to determine if the trend is your friend”
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?”
How to invest for a living
Before you go “all-in” on a portfolio full of the highest franked dividend payers on the ASX, read below to consider being diversified from a political and taxation standpoint. Likewise be wary of going “all-in” to other investments based solely on current taxation incentives in place.
When I come across articles about how Australian investors need more diversification it often does not refer to potentially changing tax laws. There is a bit of overlap with these themes but there are different issues to consider.
Continue reading “How to invest efficiently for tax in Australia.”
This blog post topic came to mind after I read a post from another blogger. The post I refer to discusses whether fund managers are doing a good job communicating their ideas to attract retail investor demand. Continue reading “What do retail investors want to hear from their fund manager?”
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!”
KBC – This was all going to plan earlier in the year when a proposal for a restructure was launched by Geoff Wilson, where the investment could possibly be realised at NTA. Continue reading “WHERE I STUFFED UP THIS YEAR, PART 2!”
Warning – Today’s post might be the only thing on the internet you read today that makes no comment on the U.S. Election.
With so many gurus on the internet these days, one aspect I wanted to achieve with blogging is for it to not be just an exercise about pumping up my own tyres. Continue reading “WHERE I STUFFED UP THIS YEAR, PART 1!”
Before I write much on the markets again, I thought I’d add something different so I don’t get bored of this blogging stuff too quickly. So firstly a warning I will stray off topic for a little bit.
I would have spent about a third of the year in Vietnam this year and am currently writing this from Dalat. Continue reading “High profile sectors are surely where I can make a killing in the stock market right?”
Sometimes personally I feel the answer is no to both.
My digital detox I mentioned in early June had mixed success. I did get away from the smart phone and read some investment books, well via an iPad anyway, that I look forward to discussing more later. Working for myself requires plenty of discipline that I am still learning about and yet to fully master. I have done ok in this aspect but there is much improvement to be had. Continue reading “Is technology improving our productivity? Is that where we should invest?”
I sold my EVN shares today at 2.77. Note this is purely from staying within my maximum allowable asset allocations as touched on in the “about me” section of this blog. I remain positive on gold. Continue reading “Rebalancing discipline.”
I will likely be inactive here over the next month or two. Will be trying to focus a bit more deeply on investment ideas and some other non investment pursuits.
It will involve perhaps much less watching the ticker tape and news constantly during trading hours and checking all the various media and messaging apps. Will try more reading of annual reports and company presentations, and some more lengthier pieces on the macro environment and possibly some investment books. Continue reading “Digital detox.”
Period 1st half April 2016, written April 14th
The cash equivalents weight has edged down slightly as I got filled in CEF:US as I have discussed, also I topped up a holding of UOS which I shall mention below. Continue reading “Risk on again”
I have been stopped out on the more defensive positioning of the portfolio when the DOW rose above 17,500. So my cash equivalents are around 31%. For clarification, I call them cash equivalents as some of this may not be strictly cash, rather could be wind up or takeover arbitrage situations that I consider extremely low beta to stock markets and that usually have a more defined date that they will convert to cash. Continue reading “Volatility gone for now..”
Period 1st half March 2016, written March 11th
The stronger equity markets of late has not been the ideal scenario I was looking for. There is a reasonable chance the short trades I placed on the US indices will get stopped out. Whilst they exist at present my cash equivalents weight is marginally lower at 43%. Some small physical buy trades got filled which I will comment further on below. Continue reading “Happy 7th year birthday for the bull market.”
Period 2nd half February 2016, written March 2nd
Since the last report a fortnight ago the volatility has somewhat subsided, with equity markets slowly grinding higher. Pretty typical when markets climb. Continue reading “Reporting season and equities find support”
Period 1st half February 2016, written Feb 13th.
Since the last report a fortnight ago we have seen some decent volatility on a daily basis but the market has not really moved a great deal either way over the period. Continue reading “Gold shines”
Period 2nd half January 2016, written Jan 27th.
I deployed a little bit of physical cash in the period but it didn’t meaningfully change the asset allocations. Agricultural stocks got swept down in the January weakness so I got filled there and in an overseas property play. Continue reading “Stabilzation, for now..”