It is approaching that time of year where I am looking forward to some lazy time having a beer or two whilst watching the Boxing Day Test Match on TV. I thought it was also worth discussing how a lazier way of investing can work. One that involves its fair share of ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs). Continue reading “LAZY 2019 LIC BASED PORTFOLIO. – thanks to Sharesight discount offer.”
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”
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.
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?”
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.”
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.”
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.
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 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 Peter Thornhill, 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!
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.
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.”
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!”
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”
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. 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.”
Is there even such a thing as a simple passive investment strategy?
Before rushing into ASX index ETFs or index hugging low fee LICs, there are many behavioural biases to think about. I will explore below what you should think about first to better equip yourself to this popular strategy.
Firstly, let’s get started early with the obligatory Warren Buffett reference you always come across from any financial article in the media. (Hey at least I didn’t put it in the headline with a huge picture like most do). I consider a key driver behind the popularity of ETFs in recent times is due to media attention given to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire letter in 2013 that discussed a strategy for the trustee for his wife’s inheritance. Continue reading “ASX INDEX ETFs, LOW FEE GRANDFATHER LICs SIMPLE NOT EASY.”
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.
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.”