Tag: Listed Investment Companies

AVOID ASX LIC IPO CONFLICT OF INTEREST & BUY FGX ASX?

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.

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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?”

SHOULD I INVEST IN ASX LICs VS MANAGED FUNDS?

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.”

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 ASX LIC IPO!

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!”

TWO LICs YOU WILL PROBABLY HATE.

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.”

TIME FOR GLOBAL ACTIVE MANAGERS TO OUTPERFORM & COMMON CATALYSTS FOR LICs.

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.

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DOGS OF THE PORTFOLIO AND A REVIEW OF FY 2017, RECOMMENDED RESEARCH SOURCES.

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No harsh comments about the dog in the picture as he is a close friend of mine.

June 30 is often a time of reflection for investors and I thought I would sit down and do a quick self-review of the financial year gone by. As promised I went through and just noted the stocks that I have mentioned on the blog previously where I still hold, and picked out the ones that have looked shaky of late as at June 30. Continue reading “DOGS OF THE PORTFOLIO AND A REVIEW OF FY 2017, RECOMMENDED RESEARCH SOURCES.”

TAKING PROFITS IN SOME SMALLER LICs

I nearly always enter an investment assuming I may be holding that company in terms of years not months, but with some selling I have done of late it hasn’t turned out that way. A month or two ago I pointed out the difference in performance of the leading companies on the ASX versus the small ordinaries over the last year or so. Continue reading “TAKING PROFITS IN SOME SMALLER LICs”

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?”

COMMENTS ON RECENT TRADES – AAC, MVT, CYB, HHV, GVF, EVN, KBC, AGF, SSM, WCB, RNY.

I have been posting about more general themes of investing styles of late so now I wanted to get up to date in terms of providing more detail about recent trades, or news on companies I own. Continue reading “COMMENTS ON RECENT TRADES – AAC, MVT, CYB, HHV, GVF, EVN, KBC, AGF, SSM, WCB, RNY.”

GVF – a cheap way for low risk non AUD exposure

GVF – I have been a shareholder in GVF since not too long after they floated. After selling some earlier in the year at $1 I just recently bought back in at the same price. Continue reading “GVF – a cheap way for low risk non AUD exposure”

Don’t fall in love with LICs

In 2010 I had a very large percentage of my portfolio in Listed Investment Companies (LICs). Stock markets had already had a huge bounce from the financial crisis lows yet some LICs surprisingly still traded at very large discounts to NTA. MFF & TGG spring to mind as these traded at discounts to NTA in the order of 20-25%. The Wilson asset management funds the same or even larger. MFF & TGG appealingly had portfolios of large multinational companies on undemanding multiples listed in major exchanges in the world, unhedged at a time when the AUD was very overvalued. It was almost like paying 75 cents and receiving a $1 instantly. HHV also was at a big discount although their portfolio was not as clean.
I bring this up as I noticed TGG and HHV seeing bigger discounts of late. I remember selling both stocks very close to NTA (less than 5% and TGG may have even been at a premium). Once they get close to the NTA or premiums it is normally far too tempting for them to conduct a capital raising and boost the AUM fees so it is wise not to fall in love with them. This occurred with TGG and HHV on more than one occasion. Now these recently have seen discounts again nearing 15%. Not yet tempting enough for me to buy as the underlying holdings I am also not as bullish yet, however I’ve began to watch them a little closer. I know WAM is a major holder in both and likely to pressure for more active stock buybacks and larger franked dividends. If the AUD rises again to recent highs in the high 70s and these discounts further widen they may soon appeal to gain some offshore exposure.

Another quick example to highlight the fickle nature of these vehicles is TOP. Early December it amazingly traded at a 7% premium to NTA. Their investments have done very well since yet this week traded at an 11% discount. In other words you could have bought TOP back then, patted yourself on the back with regards to the underlying portfolio rising by about 6%, yet be down 11% on your investment!