A recent AFR article reminded me once again about how ASX LIC performance fees are a very nice deal for the fund managers. The article quite rightly posed questions about how they are free to choose whatever benchmark they like. Then why they sometimes are rewarded substantially when the shareholders go backwards, and why there is no standardised format to present what their performance numbers actually are.
In fact it, is due to the issue of ASX LICs choosing all sorts of variations in performance reporting methods that I wanted to explore some LICs in particular. Have they earnt performance fees way out of line with the results they have achieved?
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The objective you hear from many value investors is to buy $1 of assets for 50 cents. The headline I used here is the opposite, what we should be avoiding.
Trading in a couple of wind-up situations I have observed this year has left me scratching my head. It has looked to me like investors paying around $1 for 50 cents of cash!
Continue reading “PAYING $1 FOR 50 CENTS WORTH OF ASSETS?”
I expect on balance discounts on LICs to continue to contract in 2021, mainly due to a lack of supply. It is therefore no surprise that I am not expecting a great deal of LIC IPO activity next year. There was controversy surrounding sales commissions and LIC IPOs that got plenty of attention in 2019. (This was after a flood of new issuance in the few years prior, with many poor performers). For this reason, I do not think financial planners and investors have great appetite yet to take the plunge into new closed end fund products.
Continue reading “ASX LIC TRENDS FOR 2021 IN TERMS OF DISCOUNTS / PREMIUMS & POTENTIAL IPOs”
In this post I am going to explore how I think about the new wave of ASX listed fixed income closed end funds (CEFs). To be clear, I am not referring to various fixed income ETFs that are open ended. Regarding the CEFs in this sector, I am not very optimistic from this point in time. Well that is unless you are the fund managers offering them. They are clipping some juicy fees and as a result appear addicted to issuing more shares.
Continue reading “TIME TO BUY FIXED INCOME CLOSED END FUNDS LISTED ON THE ASX?”
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?”
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”
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.
Continue reading “WHICH WILSON LIC STANDS OUT?”