ADVANTAGES OF A SMALLER FUND SIZE / AND THE BOOMING LIC IPO PIPELINE.

Within the active v passive investing debate I think it sometimes focuses too heavily on active managers with large portfolios. I shall explore why active management can make sense with smaller portfolios. Continue reading “ADVANTAGES OF A SMALLER FUND SIZE / AND THE BOOMING LIC IPO PIPELINE.”

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?”

Factors to Consider When Going Global with Your Asset Allocation.

I thought this article may of be interest to the readers of my blog. My sense is that some Australian investors may rely too much on historical returns from the best global equity markets in history. Continue reading “Factors to Consider When Going Global with Your Asset Allocation.”

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.”

LIC IPOs under $50 million. Potential traps and confusing performance reporting.

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.”

The other side to the older, low fee LICs.

Advantages of these ASX LICs well documented from the likes of the Barefoot Investor and financial media in general.

The positives of the older, low fee ASX 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!

Continue reading “The other side to the older, low fee LICs.”

Is your portfolio diversified from our politicians?

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 “Is your portfolio diversified from our politicians?”

I was wrong! How to deal with FOMO in the markets.

I thought I would go with this heading after seeing so many financial pundits on social media focusing on how right they were shortly after the recent correction. Continue reading “I was wrong! How to deal with FOMO in the markets.”

What do retail investors want to hear from their fund manager?

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?”

AVOID THIS LIC FLOAT IN 2018!

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 LIC FLOAT IN 2018!”

We are all gurus in a bull market, Obscure exchange listings, The other Future Generation Fund & Simpler times.

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.”

Management AIMS for a Claytons buyback?

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?”