'Big Brands' offer protection in a world of disruption

Magellan Asset Management

Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith teared up when he heralded the closure of his 19-year-old locally sourced all-profits-to-charity Dick Smith Foods because the German discount chain Aldi, which only entered Australia in 2001, has “destroyed us”. Smith said, when announcing the closure in July, that he had written to Coles, Metcash... Show More

Looking at the bigger picture

Magellan Asset Management

Four years ago, Microsoft became our largest holding. We bought it for US$28 a share, at a time when Steve Ballmer's rule was ending and people thought the Windows business would disappear. Windows wasn't about to disappear. With the Office software, Microsoft probably had the best applications business in the... Show More

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