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“So much of investing these days considers only the short run that I think there’s great scope for superior active investors to make value-additive decisions concerning the long run” Howard Marks, Co-founder/Co-Chairman, Oaktree Asset Management Show More

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The opportunity (and challenge) of online grocery for Coles and Woolworths

Marcus Bogdan

The online grocery sector is inherently more complex than other forms of online retail. It is evident that the online grocery sector has not exhibited the same level of frenetic cadence or disruption that other forms of online retail have experienced. Show More

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Losing money overseas

Hugh Dive

In the travel sections of newspapers there frequently appear articles with titles such as Top 7 Overseas Travel Scams (and How to Avoid Them). However, Atlas see the biggest cause of Australians losing money overseas is not pickpockets, dodgy taxi drivers, or pre-damaged rental jet skis, but rather ill-conceived offshore... Show More

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

Stuart Jackson

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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Buy Hold Sell: 3 stocks making headlines and 2 'under the radar'

Buy Hold Sell

There’s an old saying that ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity.’ If you’re in the news you’ll stay top of mind – for better or worse. Right now a number of Australia’s biggest listed companies are making headlines and in this episode of Buy Hold Sell we ask... Show More

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The difference between bonds and shares in a severe correction

Elizabeth Moran

The endless days of a fantastic summer are disappearing as is the consistent, upward trend of higher share prices, with volatility returning to the market. The sharp but relatively small correction in equities early February was enough to make investors stop and reassess portfolio allocation strategies. There comes a point... Show More

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Is the Coles demerger a good idea?

Tim Kelley

Recently, Wesfarmers Limited (ASX: WES) announced its intention to demerge the Coles business into a separate ASX-listed company. While WES will retain up to a 20 per cent stake in Coles, the demerger effectively splits the company into two separate entities, with WES owning Bunnings, Kmart, Target, and Officeworks, as... Show More

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The critical factor in the Coles demerger

Philip Wensley

On Friday, Wesfarmers announced an intention to demerge their Coles Food, Liquor and Convenience business. While this transaction has some attractive merits we also have some reservations and argue more information is required. How much of the current group’s debt Wesfarmers allocates to Coles vs retaining in the rump will... Show More

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Who wins in the Coles demerger?

Hugh Dive

On Friday morning, Wesfarmers announced that they are looking to demerge its Coles division to create a new ASX top 30 company, with leading positions in supermarkets and liquor. This move was very well received by the market, with Wesfarmers stock finishing up $2.60, or +6.3%, on Friday. Over the... Show More

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Beware the overseas expansion

Alvise Peggion

Aussie companies have a mixed record when venturing overseas. But in early 2016 Wesfarmers had a great history of building wealth for shareholders – an investment in the company’s shares in 2000 returned nearly 17% per year while the Australian market, including dividends, returned 8% a year over the same... Show More

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The ABC of Tax

Clime Asset Management

A few weeks back, “our ABC” poured oil onto the heated debate in Canberra regarding the Commonwealth Government’s proposed tax rate cut legislation. The ABC produced data which represented that a significant proportion of major Australian companies hadn’t been paying tax in recent times, and from this observation its commentators... Show More

Beyond earnings torpedoes

Sam Ferraro

Following its 5% to 10% miss on consensus earnings for 1H, Domino’s fell by around 15% from peak to trough last week. The market has little tolerance for earnings misses from growth stocks. Even after the price decline, the stock is still trading on well above 20 times 12 month... Show More

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See what The CEO's thought of Green Energy, Credit Growth and Urbanisation this week

NAOS Asset Management

“I don't think there is anything to worry about, even if we do see further falls. I'm not in the business of being able to predict day-by-day or week-by-week movement of industries. But I'm not worried about what we're seeing” Andrew Formica, Co-CEO, Janus Henderson Show More

Avoiding the portfolio ‘torpedoes’

Hugh Dive

I have had the “fortunate” experience of having observed both the GFC in 2007-08 and the Tech Wreck in 2001 from the vantage points of helping to manage conservative value-style funds. During these periods the portfolios were populated with companies paying dividends from stable recurring earnings such as TransCanada Pipelines... Show More

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What Mattered Today; Wesfarmers picks a poor day for a poor update

James Gerrish

A day of mixed fortunes for Australia today with Hemsworth and co promoting Aussie tourism with the much anticipated Super bowl ad aired at halftime during the Philadelphia Eagles victory over the New England Patriots…not sure how the wider response has been but I quite liked it – CLICK HERE... Show More

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See what The CEO's thought of Commodities, US Tax Reform and Heavy Industry this week

NAOS Asset Management

“Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S. Some guiding themes are clear and consistent with how we've been investing — lower prices for customers, better wages and training for associates and investments in the future of our company, including... Show More

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The long and short of retail stocks

Livewire Exclusive

Tuesday’s underwhelming launch of the Amazon retail platform triggered big jumps in retail stocks led by JB HiFi, which gained 6.7%. Was the previous sell-down overdone? The picture is still far from clear… We recently asked Livewire contributors for their number one pick in the sector; they delivered as many... Show More

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See what The CEO's thought of the US Economy, Tourism & Travel and Commodities this week

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“There are 4.8 million Airbnb users in Australia and 122,500 active listings, an increase of 40 per cent over last year” Joe Gebbia, Co-founder, Airbnb Show More

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How is Bunnings’ UK expansion progressing?

Livewire Exclusive

There is no substitute for boots-on-the-ground research when researching companies. Greencape puts great emphasis on this process, seeing it as investment and not a cost base. Jonathan Koh shares insights from their trips investigating Wesfarmers’ local and offshore operations, and highlights this not just finds opportunities, but avoids the laggards... Show More

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The Rules of Investing: Valuation with Roger Montgomery

Livewire Exclusive

In the first edition of Livewire’s new podcast, The Rules of Investing, we take a deep dive into one of the most important concepts in investing, valuation. Our guest this week is Roger Montgomery, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Show More

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