Alphinity Investment Management

Our Principal and Portfolio Manager, Bruce Smith, recently made a trip to the UK and USA to look for insights into likely future developments for the Australian-listed globally-focused property companies. There were two in which we presently have positions (Goodman Group and Lendlease) and one we don’t presently own but... Show More

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In September, I conducted four days of energy-related meetings in Dallas and Houston. The goal was to review current industry conditions and the production outlook for 2017. I met with majors (BP, Shell, BHP), large US shale producers (Range, Anadarko, EOG, Apache), services companies (CBI, Schlumberger, Halliburton), US LNG producers/projects... Show More

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The August FY16 reporting season as usual provided winners and losers. While we are likely to do some portfolio adjustments as a result of the new information released with company results, the most important question in coming months will most likely be how to position for a potentially changing macro... Show More

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When ANZ announced a result that was below analyst expectations, included unexpected write-offs and cut their dividend, their stock price rallied by ~5% in one day. To the fundamental investor, this seems counter-intuitive, but there could be more at play than meets the eye. “ANZ had materially underperformed the market... Show More

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In March I spent a week traveling throughout the US in order to gauge the rate of recovery taking place in the US homebuilding sector which was significantly impacted by the Global Financial Crisis. We are 7 years past the peak of the crisis and from a financial markets perspective,... Show More

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The heightened market uncertainty in our view warrants a defensive portfolio positioning. This, however, begs the question – what is a defensive company in today’s market? The valuation dispersion between stable or growing companies and more cyclically-exposed companies is now the highest since the financial crisis (see chart). So is... Show More

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My trip to the US in November was to better understand the economics of the various shale oil basins and the strategies being pursued by oil producers, to assess whether the oil price recovery assumed by the market is realistic or overly optimistic. I was of the view that the... Show More

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Bruce Smith, Portfolio Manager at Alphinity, highlights the relatively strong performance of Telstra shares amidst the recent market volatility. Smith says the consistent earnings upgrade cycle since 2011 has been a significant contributing factor to the strong performance of Telstra shares. The combined effect of earnings upgrades and multiple expansion... Show More

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No longer patient but not impatient; bad data is good data? Financial markets appear to have taken US Federal Reserve (Fed) watching to new heights in recent months… How equity markets will react to the reality of higher US interest rates when it finally occurs is more difficult to say.... Show More

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Companies exposed to Australia's housing market will continue to gather momentum, as effects of low interest rates, the pick-up in building approvals and net immigration are felt across the industry. Investors can expect activity in housing markets to continue to strengthen. Principal and Lead Portfolio Manager Mr Carlberg said: We... Show More

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Andrew Martin, Portfolio Manager at Alphinity, argues that although banks might be considered fair-value - investors could be underestimating the effect of increased competition, which has surged since the GFC. For a long time coming out of the GFC the banks had very little competition at all, so they took... Show More

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