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While gold has disappointed over the last five years, what is often missed is that in Australian dollar terms it is up nearly 25% in the same time frame. With currency and other factors supporting it, the Australian gold sector has left the others behind. Leading local names have shot the... Show More

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The selloff that started in early September has gathered pace to put the Australian share market into correction territory, wiping out 12 months' worth of gains. With risks elevated, it’s time to look for defensive businesses that can grow their earnings regardless of the business cycle. That’s exactly what we look... Show More

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TPG had been looking at a significant earnings cliff in an NBN world, with consensus EPS falling 30% in the next few years before we even consider large mobile losses. With the proposed merger with Vodafone, they fill the earnings hole by capturing an estimated $250million of synergies, which are... Show More

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Clydesdale Bank (CYBG) is a British retail bank which spun-out of the National Australia Bank in 2016. Pursuant to an announcement on May 7th, the company has proposed to acquire fellow UK challenger bank Virgin Money. At the present moment, investors don’t know whether they are buying CYBG’s “old pitch”... Show More

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AMP’s recent misadventures provide a business school case study in how to mismanage a number one market position in a fundamentally attractive industry. The shocking mishandling of the public relations associated with the Financial Services Royal Commission is one more in a long line of management missteps, exacerbated by festering... Show More

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Somehow between 25 May and 10 August AMP managed to lose $800m of excess capital down the back of the couch. On Thursday, In an otherwise unremarkable set of full-year results, AMP announced to the market the good news that it had undertaken a reinsurance deal with Munich Re which... Show More

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With the RBA not giving any clear signal as to the likelihood of further rate cuts, the big story for markets is the end of the bond rally, with prices falling and bond yields on the rise. The implications for equity markets are no less clear. Watermark Funds Management Chief... Show More

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Tom Richards, Senior Analyst at Watermark Funds Management, highlights in this video the challenge of finding value in gold equities today. He says this was illustrated in Evolution’s recent transaction, where it was "difficult to find opportunities in the market especially if you have to pay a 30% premium. Hence... Show More

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Tom Richardson, Senior Analyst at Watermark Funds, believes there is a handful of commodities that remain well supported at current levels, despite the recent strong performance. Specifically, he says the outlook for Gold and Zinc look attractive with good fundamentals underpinning current prices. It’s a different situation in bulk commodities... Show More

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Tom Richardson, Analyst at Watermark Funds, says heavy-handed stimulus coming out of China was the key catalyst for resurgent commodity markets in 2016. “The Chinese economy has two very big levers, and that’s infrastructure investment and property investment. And the government pulled both those levers quite hard late last year.... Show More

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In the space of 20 years, Amazon has become the most valuable retailer in the world, overtaking Walmart by market capitalisation. From humble beginnings in the 1990s as an online bookstore, Amazon has taken the consumer by storm and now offers everything from electronics to fresh food. Amazon is aggressively... Show More

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Digital disruption has been, and will continue to be one of the major themes of the 21st century. Across a raft of industries, traditional business models are being superseded by digital platforms such as Facebook and Amazon. Music streaming is a new front in which behemoths such Apple and Google... Show More

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As a long/short manager, we hedge sharemarket risk for our investors by short-selling the shares of weak businesses when they are overvalued. By holding long and short portfolios of roughly equal size and composition, our funds have little or no net exposure to the share market. Our directional fund provides... Show More

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As with Brexit, the fallout from the political gridlock will play out most noticeably in currency markets, particularly if S&P lowers our credit rating. The election result ensures the Australian dollar trades back below 70 cents in the medium-term. Australian companies operating offshore will benefit from this of course, but... Show More

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Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has grown its sales tenfold. Apple shares have also performed strongly during this period, however sentiment around the company has recently mellowed as concerns arose over whether Apple and the iPhone in particular can sustain this growth. Apple’s current share price... Show More

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