This is a guest post that I thought would be of interest to my readers. It is in the spirit of Melbourne Cup Day, so I will be tempted soon in having my own punt on a LIC trifecta in the comments section at the end (feel free to do the same). Please read below to find out more about the author. (Note I have no affiliation with the below author / business).Continue reading “Guest Post – The ‘Melbourne Cup of LICs’: Our form guide and three favourites”
It has been a tough environment for active managers, so I thought I would take a look at a performance comparison of the most popular ASX LICs.Continue reading “ASX LIC Performance Comparison – Not A Happy FY19”
This blog post is referring to a very old study of Closed End Funds (CEFs) that I read this year. CEFs are the equivalent of what Australian investors usually refer to as ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs). The study discusses in detail the typical life cycle of CEFs. It talks about why they often swing from premium to discount, and then back to NAV in a fickle manner. Continue reading “Have We Learnt Nothing from Investing in Closed End Funds / ASX LICs in the Last 30 Years?”
A checklist for buying ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs)
A list of 10 factors to check as a guide when to buy, scroll down for further explanations on each.
1) Discount / Premium to NTA
2) Management Expenses and ALL other costs
3) Performance Track Record
4) Investment Style
5) Alignment of management’s interest with shareholders
6) Ownership Structure
7) Investment Management Agreement (IMA)
8) Size of the LIC
9) Future Dividend Capacity
10) Marketing / Reporting of the LIC
When I look back at my investing mistakes, one common theme is rushing into a new purchase. I find I have usually done better when a number of months pass until I begin accumulating a position in a new idea.
When investing in LICs I try to make sure I have considered numerous factors first. That helps me avoid getting itchy fingers and hitting the buy button quickly. Continue reading “LIC Investing – 10 factors to check before buying.”
A simple game I used to like playing as a kid was spot the difference.
It is not unusual for ASX Listed Investment Companies (LICs) to play their own version of the game. Continue reading “Playing Games with LIC Performance Reporting.”
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”
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?”
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!
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?”
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.
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”
Is WAM a good investment?
Previously I couldn’t see much difference between Century Australia (ASX:CYA) and WAM Capital (ASX:WAM) (apart from WAM costing 30% more!) although today’s announcement has clarified things to some extent.