Sharemarkets can drift seemingly higher and higher without a hitch for many years, then one day due to sudden turbulence, markets will often ‘pop’ and correct. How can an investor be prepared for such unforeseen events? Show More
Most people are familiar with the concept of compound interest when it comes to term deposits where one can earn interest on interest by continuing to roll over a term deposit several times. However, many investors do not relate the concept of compounding to their investments in the sharemarket. Show More
The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) sector – previously called the Listed Property Trust sector – has always been a popular sector with Australian retail investors and currently comprises 7% of the S&P/ASX 300 Index. In this lesson we discuss what we have always believed are the most important aspects... Show More
One of the key attributes that IML looks for when we invest in stocks is to focus on companies that have a sustainable competitive advantage. In our view a strong competitive advantage is a key reason why some businesses can outperform others over the longer term. At its core, a... Show More
One of the most basic economic concepts is the relationship between the demand for a product and its price: as prices go up, demand goes down, and as prices go down, demand increases. So if ‘widgets’ are generally sold for $10 and then go on sale for $5, people will... Show More
March 2019 will mark 10 years since the sharemarket recovery started, following the lows of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). From March 2009 to the end of August 2018 the US S&P500 has returned a cumulative +393%, the MSCI World Index +282% and the ASX300 Accumulation Index +201%. It is... Show More
The significant outperformance of Resources over Industrials since February 2016, is a major factor contributing to the recent underperformance of Value managers like IML, compared to Growth and Momentum strategies which I discussed in a recent wire. Show More
In the world of haute couture, a famous designer once quipped – “In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic”. At Investors Mutual we would rephrase it as: “In a world full of trends, we want to remain a true-to-label value investor”. Show More
Of late, the headlines on dividends have been primarily focused on the proposed removal of some of the more favourable tax treatments should the Labor Party get elected to power. While franking credits certainly enhance the attraction of dividends received from Australian companies to many investors, we believe there are... Show More
Last week Wall Street fell over 1,000 points, reversing the sharp rises of earlier in the month. Many are now asking if this is the start of a new trend on markets and what it all means for the Australian sharemarket. Show More
The allure of fast money and the ‘fear of missing out’ toy with investors on a daily basis. Right now valuations of companies exposed to themes like electric vehicles, medicinal marijuana and emerging infant formula markets could be described as ‘effervescent’. Indeed, fads and trends have been always been a part... Show More
Everyone loves a bargain, but buying out-of-favour stocks can be a risky business. The five stocks discussed in today’s episode have fallen an average of 32% over the past year, so is it better to snap up some value, or avoid the falling knives? In this week’s Buy Hold Sell, Matthew... Show More
They say the house always wins, but with both Crown and Star Entertainment to choose from, which house is the better one to bet on? Crown’s flagship casino in Melbourne is the biggest in the country, but can it shake off all the bad press? Star has had a good... Show More
Unloved with low PEs and enticing yields these are the calling cards of cheap stocks and in a market that’s running hot, true value is hard to find. In this episode of Buy Hold Sell we’ve invited two 'value-style' investors to cast their eyes over three stocks that appear cheap... Show More
Thank you Jim and Elizabeth!
Thank you for your comments Jarrad and Ben, we always have an eye on the downside at IML, something many investors forget until tough times arrive.
Thank you for all of your comments. I agree that dividends are just one important element of assessing when to buy shares in a company. At IML we look for 4 quality attributes: a strong competitive advantage; a history of consistent, recurring earnings; a capable management team; and the ability to grow earnings and consequently their dividends over time. We also seek to buy these quality companies at a reasonable price.
Thank you Shabbir, Wendy and Romano for your comments. It's been a busy week! Wendy we are working on a piece about yield sensitivity at the moment so stay tuned. And please let me know when your crystal ball arrives back from the shop as I'm interested to hear what it has to say!