Tag: activist investing

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?”

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?”

THE AIMS WIND-UP VOTE

Disappointed with the voting results but not entirely unexpected, I thought things may be close all along. When I say close, obviously I refer to the numbers adjusting for the prospect the courts would later on decide that the AIMS stake does not count towards the outcome. Continue reading “THE AIMS WIND-UP VOTE”

WHERE INSTITUTIONS AVOID AND RETAIL INVESTORS FIND BORING (special situation investing discussion thread?)

I meant to write this post when beginning the blog to assist in describing my investment style but it slipped my mind. It resurfaced in my thinking when I recently read a book Margin of Safety, by Seth Klarman. Some areas he cites in the book that are useful to look for opportunities are very similar to what I look for. It would also be great if readers can comment on any current “special situations” they see out there in the markets. Continue reading “WHERE INSTITUTIONS AVOID AND RETAIL INVESTORS FIND BORING (special situation investing discussion thread?)”

Some recommended value investing books

What are the best value investing books in 2021 for learning?

If I could pick out 5 or so investing books for a value investor earlier on in their journey to sink their teeth into I would nominate the following. In fact, they are good reads for investors of varying levels of experience. The investment philosophies touched on are relevant for investors all across the globe as well as Australian share market investors.

Top 5 value investing books for 2021

  • Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham
  • You can be a Stockmarket Genius – Joel Greenblatt
  • Margin of Safety – Seth Klarman
  • Deep Value – Tobias E. Carlisle
  • The Smart Money Method – Stephen Clapham

Some may argue these are not necessarily the best books around and I won’t necessarily disagree. I just thought these 5 offered a good all-round backdrop for someone that has recently developed a strong interest in value investing. Plenty to sink your teeth into.

I thought I would throw in number 5 above for something new that not everyone may have come across. I haven’t updated this blog post for a few years so at the very end you can see my comments about this and another new book that came out in 2020.

Below is the original blog post I had here all the way back around 2016 where I thought it would be interesting to list a few dozen investing books or so that have helped me over the years..

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Boardroom battles for small LICs (HHY & NGE). APW & GJT updates.

NGE – The proposal to establish a LIC is set for later this month. If they had of gone about this the right way (e.g. combine with some cornerstone investors to double the size paying NTA, detailed presentations highlighting management expenses and investment strategy) perhaps I could have supported this.

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Time for Wilson & Century Australia to get together?

If I had to bet on a couple of corporate re structures to occur in the next year or two, they would be for WAA to merge or takeover another investment company to gain size, and CYA to be rolled into a re-branded entity to assist in the market fully valuing assets on hand and the tax losses on the balance sheet. Continue reading “Time for Wilson & Century Australia to get together?”

FRUSTRATED HOLDER OF APW (AIMS PROPERTY SECURITIES FUND)

Apologies as this probably turns into a rant because I am annoyed at not selling all of my holding in APW a bit over a year ago. As a bit of background I became involved with APW after they changed name and survived a resolution for a wind up, yet before they won a lawsuit giving the NTA and share price quite a nice kicker. Continue reading “FRUSTRATED HOLDER OF APW (AIMS PROPERTY SECURITIES FUND)”