Lachlan Hughes

Lachlan is the founder and CIO of Swell Asset Management, a boutique investment manager specialising in global equities.


How to avoid missing 98% of opportunities

Lachlan Hughes

At around $1.9 trillion Australian dollars, the Australian equity market is a minnow by global standards. It represents roughly 2% of global equity markets. Said another way, by only owning Australian shares, you are missing 98% of the world's investment opportunities. Show More

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Book Number 1 - The Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier

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Guy Spier may not be as famous as some of the other investors I have reviewed over the last 10 days. However, he has managed to deliver an enviable track record since founding the Aquamarine Fund in 1997. Since inception to the date of publication, the Aquamarine Fund returned 463... Show More

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Book Number 2 - Seeking Wisdom from Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin

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“I came to the psychology of human misjudgement almost against my will; I rejected it until I realised that my attitude was costing me a lot of money, and reduced my ability to help everything I loved” – Charles Munger Show More

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Book Number 3 - Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman (Revised May 18)

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Seth Klarman is widely recognised as one of the greatest value investors of all time. He is CEO and Portfolio Manager of the Baupost Group, a hedge fund managing over US$31 billion. His book, Margin of Safety is a value investors’ classic. Klarman practically explains the philosophy of value investing... Show More

Book Number 4 – The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks (Revised May 18)

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Howard Marks is the Chairman and Founder of Oaktree Capital Management, an investment firm managing over $120B. This is not a how to invest book and you will not find any step by step instruction. When it comes to investing, Marks believes there is no sure-fire recipe for success. This... Show More

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Book Number 5 - Only The Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove (Revised May 18)

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Long before the term disruption was popularised by Silicon Valley, high quality business managers have been alert to the existence of change. In fact, Joseph A. Schumpeter, in Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy noted; Show More

Book Number 6 – The Little Book of Value Investing by Christopher Browne (Revised May 18)

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Today I review the investment classic authored by Christopher Browne, ‘The Little Book of Value Investing’. Browne was a partner at Tweedy, Browne Company – the oldest value investing house on Wall Street. Again, I recommend reading the book in its entirety. However, here are my favourite chapters. Show More

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Book Number 7 – The Great Crash 1929 by John K. Galbraith (Revised May 18)

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Originally published in 1955, The Great Crash 1929, provides a timeless reminder of the economic consequences of financial speculation, excess leverage, and herding. Many parallels can be drawn between The Great Crash of 1929 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. There are moments in this book where you may... Show More

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Book Number 8 – Common Stocks & Uncommon Profits by Philip A. Fisher (Revised May 18)

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Warren Buffett once described himself as being 85% Ben Graham and 15% Phil Fisher. If Ben Graham is the father of value investing, Phil Fisher is the father of growth investing. The primary difference between the two philosophies is clear. Ben Graham’s investments tend to benefit from a one-time profit.... Show More

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Book Number 9 – The Art of Short Selling by Kathryn Staley (Revised May 18)

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I wanted to change up the pace, from looking for cheap companies, to looking for expensive companies. Welcome to book number 9 in my top 10 investment books of all time, “The Art of Short Selling”. This book has been written by Kathryn Staley. Kathryn is an expert in the... Show More

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Book Number 10 - You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Capital (Revised May 18) 

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Over the next ten days, I will review and post my top 10 investing books of all time - starting with number 10. I hope you enjoy the reviews and they provide you with some new perspectives that improve your investing. This book is a must read for any keen... Show More

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Starbucks China - The Opportunity

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Starbucks is an American coffee company founded in Seattle in 1971. The company operates 27,339 locations across the world. Starbucks serves an assortment of hot and cold beverages, pre-packaged food, and snacks. Following a sustained period of above average growth, Starbucks is experiencing a slow down in comparable store sales... Show More

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Bank Hybrids: The devil is in the detail.

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We are often surprised that retail investors with whom we speak, are blissfully unaware of the risks involved in owning hybrids. ASIC and the banks have done a great job disclosing the risks, however, the message does not seem to be relayed effectively by financial intermediaries. We hope this note... Show More

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The dirty secrets fund managers don’t want you to know!

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I hope to enlighten potential investors about the tricks used by fund managers to ‘window dress’ their performance. Some of these tricks can be backed out and where possible I have provided the math below. Show More

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Alphabet, just another internet stock? Think again.

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The ‘Dotcom’ crash of 2001 was a good old fashioned bubble. Many people were swept up in the euphoria as their expectations about future profits turned out to be nothing more than unfounded hope. For many Australians, it is a case of once bitten, twice shy. Roll forward 17 years,... Show More

Clear Sky ahead for Catapult

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Just a sensor stitched into a shirt? Well, not quite. Catapult provides sophisticated analysis to help understand player load with a view to preventing soft tissue injury. The technology also assists team management understand their players bio-mechanics in an objective way. The real smarts are in the algorithms that process... Show More

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Australia in Transition

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Over the next few years we expect a transitory period where the economy rebalances and new industries take up the slack from the subsiding mining boom. Government can assist this transition a little, and they can damage this transition a little – however the primary driver will be the ingenuity... Show More

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Praemium - A Technology Company poised for growth

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We like companies where the numbers obscure the underlying value. This is the case with Praemium. At a headline level, Praemium looks to have delivered A$2.2m in EBITDA in FY15. On further inspection, you would uncover a business that is making A$8.2m EBITDA in Australia (net of corporate overheads). So... Show More

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Empired: Winning in the New World

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Coming off a record FY15 result Empired (ASX:EPD) carries solid earnings momentum into FY16. On the back of several acquisitions it is now positioned as one of Australia’s leading providers of IT services and infrastructure. Sustainability of its earnings have improved dramatically through diversification of operations both geographically and by... Show More

RedHill Positioned for Growth

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RedHill (ASX:RDH) operates a number of specialist businesses in the private tertiary education market in Australia. It delivers vocational and higher education courses in English language, creative digital technologies, and interior design to over 4,000 domestic and international students each year. Show More

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@Adrian Thanks for your question Adrian. You raise an important point. Best practice is to accrue the performance fee daily, crystallise annually (subject to beating index) and apply a high water mark. The accrual ensures new investors aren’t being penalised for prior performance. This is important. However, it doesn’t help existing unit holders, who would have still paid a fee in my example.

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