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Where to find opportunities in large companies

Clime Asset Management

There is so much confusion about the stocks in the ASX’s large-caps index, the ASX 50. Some investors see them as ‘blue-chips’ by virtue of their size and longevity, and thus see them as long-term portfolio holds. Others think the ASX 50 is largely useless: a motley, concentrated index of... Show More

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Killing me softly with retail

Pat Barrett

The retail sector has been impacted by a combination of cyclical and anticipated structural issues. Cyclically, retail sales have been under pressure due to higher living expenses (higher debt costs and utilities) which have grown faster than wages. Structurally the market is anticipating much weaker conditions given the arrival of... Show More

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Half Year Report Card for Australian Equities

Hugh Dive

The last six months have been stressful for Australian equity investors, despite the calm suggested by the ASX200 delivering a total return of +3.2% (capital appreciation plus dividends). December’s Santa Claus rally/Trump reflation tradewent a bit sour in January, similar to the feeling given by excessive consumption of four litre... Show More

3 stocks in the firing line

James Gerrish

As we consider different areas to allocate funds into the current market weakness potential tax loss selling should definitely be considered as June slowly evolves. The ASX200 is up almost 6% for the calendar year hence there will not be the number of candidates which would typically be available in... Show More

Retail on the nose?

Pat Barrett

This thematic of retail being on the nose is picking up momentum with another three reports in the past week documenting the headwinds for retail tenants and in turn landlords. We do agree with the general thesis and that's why we went underweight the retail sector last year but where... Show More

The Only Australian Value REIT

Nicholas Sproats

Heather Ridout (Australian Super Chairperson) has been banging the table on gender diversity at the board level of Australian companies, and right she should. Only 22% of Australia’s top 200 listed companies have women on their board – not a majority, not the Chair, just at least one – and... Show More

It's no surprise there's no surprise

Pat Barrett

With REITs earnings largely derived from contractual rental income, it's no surprise that the sector has delivered solid earnings growth and that there's been no earnings surprises. The general trends thus far have been further cap rate compression (massive demand for real estate), debt cost savings, further corporate efficiencies and... Show More

Daily AGM Note, Friday 18 November 2016

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A first strike at Global Masters Fund. As for All the Majors: it's a quiet day. Some dissent on the resolution to re-elect Trevor Gerber as a director of Vicinity Centres. Otherwise a lot of smaller AGMs today. Today's note highlights different examples of the resolutions where shareholders express dissent:... Show More