Stuart Jackson

Stuart is the Portfolio Manager of The Montgomery [Private] Fund – a concentrated, All-cap Australian equity fund that aims to achieve absolute returns from a portfolio of long only Australian shares and cash. Capital preservation is paramount.


Eastern Australia’s drought is bad news for agribusinesses

Stuart Jackson

The worsening drought in Eastern Australia is resulting in increasingly difficult conditions for businesses right across the agriculture sector. And if official weather forecasts hold firm, it looks like things will be tough for some time to come. Show More

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Are the big banks about to raise mortgage rates?

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While you may not follow movements in the bank bill swap rate (BBSW), right now they are worth paying attention to. You see, rates are on the rise. And that means the funding costs for our major banks are also going up. This could force them to raise mortgage rates... Show More

Is loan book growth stabilising?

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The statistical release of APRA and the RBA’s credit growth data for April shows a stabilisation in the rate of overall mortgage, personal and business loan book growth at 5 per cent across the overall Australian market. By category, mortgage book growth continued to slow, increasing 6 per cent year... Show More

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Wesfarmers’ UK debacle shows the risks of acquisition-based growth

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In 2016, Wesfarmers (ASX:WES) raised the eyebrows of many investors when it expanded into the UK and Ireland hardware business. Two years later and $1.7 billion down on its investment, WES has decided to pull out. It shows yet again why growth through acquisition can be a risky strategy. Show More

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Let’s take a look at the banks’ results

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In the midst of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in Financial Services, the major banks have released their latest half yearly results. The market headed into the reporting period with a high degree of apprehension given the public backlash emanating from the revelations coming from testimony at the Royal Commission... Show More

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How will the banks do in the first half results?

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In this video I discuss the banks. They have dominated the media headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. Given this backdrop, first half results come at a very interesting time. Show More

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Why the banks are cutting mortgage rates

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After raising standard variable rates on interest only and investment property mortgages in 2016 and 2017, the big banks have recently unwound some of these increases. This has surprised some observers. So, what’s going on? Show More

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How bad is Australia’s mortgage stress?

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The level of household financial stress in Australia is a key issue. This is because a significant pull-back in the financial position of households would have flow-on effects across the economy. So, the recent data released by the nation’s largest lenders provides an important reading of future trends. Show More

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TradeMe looks set for long-term revenue growth

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Lately, we are hearing many investors lament that it’s getting hard to find value in our market. Well, there are still pockets of value. And TradeMe (ASX:TME), New Zealand’s largest online auction and classifieds website, could be one of them. Show More

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What the health reforms mean for your wallet, and private health businesses

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The Australian government recently announced a raft of changes to private health insurance. The reforms should make health cover more affordable, and more attractive for consumers. And this in turn should be beneficial for hospital operators, at least in the short term. Show More

Upcoming bank results should cheer investors

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Three of Australia’s biggest banks – Westpac (ASX: WBC), ANZ (ASX: ANZ) and NAB (ASX: NAB)– are about to report, and we think there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic. A turnaround in the trajectory of net interest margins, and good news on bad and doubtful debts, should leave investors... Show More

In the US, another big retailer bites the dust

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Amazon and changing consumer habits claimed another victim during the week with US ‘category killer’ Toys R Us filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This brings the total number of US retailers that have filed for Chapter 11 to 24 this year, up from 18 in 2016, according to S&P... Show More

IEL continues to profit from the international education boom

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The education of international students is now Australia’s third largest export – just behind iron ore and coal. One high quality business that has successfully leveraged off this growing industry is IDP Education (ASX: IEL). IEL is a global leader in international student placement services. It recently reported its FY17... Show More


Medibank’s results point to a healthier future

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Medibank Private (ASX: MPL) has endured a bumpy ride since listing in 2014. But recent management comments point to a company in transition, with potential growth on the horizon. Show More

Why is there a mixed picture of the Australian economy?

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Recent data indicates that Australia could be about to enter a period of lower economic growth. While there’s been a surge in business investment and stronger conditions in the resources states, it’s unclear if this can offset weaker consumer spending and residential construction. Show More

What did we learn in the Genworth results?

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Australia’s largest mortgage insurer, Genworth (ASX: GMA) released its financial results for 1H17. The results highlight the continuing growth of loan delinquencies, particularly in WA and Queensland. Show More

APRA brings some cheer, but banks continue to face headwinds

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APRA announced moves to make Australian banks safer. The announcement was greeted warmly by the market. But what do the new capital requirements mean for the banks in the short to medium term? And should investors really be so sanguine about the prospects for the banks? Show More

Watch out for stock valuations when QE ends

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Central banks could soon end their bond buying activities, thereby unwinding quantitative easing. Should this occur, real interest rates would again be driven by the normal forces of supply and demand. And this could affect stock valuations. Show More

Identifying rising stars

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At Montgomery, we focus our efforts on identifying high quality companies with bright prospects. When combined with a disciplined and patient approach on buying at a discount to fair value, we believe that in the long term, these companies provide an attractive combination of stronger returns with lower than average... Show More

Australian outdoor advertising revenue growth

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In past posts, we have discussed the outlook for the outdoor advertising industry in Australia. The are a number of reasons why the outdoor advertising industry should grow its share of the overall advertising pie over the next five to ten years. Show More

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