Chris Stott

Wilson Asset Management (WAM) was founded in 1997 by Geoff Wilson. Since then, WAM has gone on to launch seven LIC’s with over $3 billion in shareholder capital. The flagship fund, WAM Capital, has delivered 17.5% p.a. since inception (August 1999), outperforming the ASX All Ords by 9.2% p.a. Show More

Chris Stott

Around 12 months ago, I shared my 10 predictions for FY18. These included a peak for the housing market, struggling retail stocks, and global macroeconomic strength. It was great to see that a lot of these predictions proved true. With FY18 now over, Livewire have asked for my predictions for... Show More

Chris Stott

Expectations of accelerated interest rate rises sent equity markets into a tailspin in February, impacting the first quarter and setting the tone for the calendar year. The good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom and investors can look to the media and retail sectors for opportunities over... Show More

Chris Stott

US President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on China on Thursday caused heightened concerns that a trade war could escalate, hurting global growth. The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index fell on the news, to close down 2.1% for the week. President Trump said exemptions from US tariffs may only... Show More

Chris Stott

Last week, surveying solutions company Veris (ASX: VRS) announced it had acquired Elton Consulting for $16 million. The business complemented Veris’ strategy to consolidate the Australian surveying, advisory and geospacial sectors by adding the market leader in consulting and advisory services for the property, transport and infrastructure sectors. Show More

Chris Stott

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index closed up 0.2% in February, an almost flat close to a turbulent month and leading into a weak start to March. Heightened volatility in early February arising from concerns over the prospect of accelerated interest rate rises faded as the month continued. A slightly... Show More

Chris Stott

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index closed up 0.2% for the week. On Wednesday, the Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment jumped to a four year high, rising 3.6% in December. On Thursday, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported Australia’s population continues to grow at a fast pace.... Show More

Chris Stott

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index closed flat for the week. On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left the cash rate unchanged, while reiterating its upbeat outlook for 3% gross domestic product growth (GDP) and rising inflation. The launch of Amazon in Australia on Tuesday failed to inspire... Show More

Chris Stott

The well-worn investing aphorism "sell in May and go away" is founded in the frequently volatile performance of the sharemarket in May. Investors may also be familiar with the so-called "Santa rally" phenomenon based on the frequent outperformance of the market in the lead-up to and during the festive season. Show More

Chris Stott

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index closed up 0.2% for the week. The Australian market again breached the 6,000 mark on Wednesday, while the US market continues to make all time record highs. The surprise announcement of a banking royal commission by the federal government on Thursday weighed on the... Show More

Chris Stott

The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries Accumulation Index closed down 0.7% for the week. On Wednesday, the Westpac-Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment fell 1.7% in November. On Thursday, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported Australia’s unemployment rate fell to a near five-year low. Show More

Chris Stott

Nobody ever sold a stock because they thought it would go up. So wrote veteran Wall Street journalist Alan Abelson. It was an astute observation and should be heeded in particular when a stock is sold by a company insider, such as a director. When directors sell their shares, it... Show More