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Aberdeen Standard Investments

Paypal founder Peter Thiel predicted in his 2014 Wall Street Journal essay ‘Competition is for losers’ that Silicon Valley would become the centre of the global economy. He claimed that by operating under a set of rules that involve little competition or regulation, his own company, along with the likes... Show More

Patrick Poke

As volatility has picked up in recent months, many investors who thought they were protected in a down-market have quickly discovered otherwise. Asset consultants have discussed the value of finding genuinely uncorrelated returns, while also acknowledging the difficulty of finding them. Show More

Lachlan Hughes

Investors continue to use technology companies as a proxy for risk, but we need to consider the value of individual stocks in the sector. As we survey the recent sell off in US tech outside our portfolio, we believe many of the share price falls are justified by company valuations.... Show More

Livewire Exclusive

With investors factoring in exponential growth rates, Software as a Service (SaaS) firms have been trading on eye-watering multiples. However, Jacob Mitchell, Chief Investment Officer at Antipodes, says that the competitive environment in this sector is deteriorating and that their valuations have no margin of safety. Show More

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

Magellan Asset Management

The digital platforms Facebook and Google are transforming advertising because they have surmounted that perennial marketing problem whereby much of the money spent on marketing failed to reach likely prospects. The numbers surrounding Facebook’s advertising reach are huge. The platform has 2.4 billion users, about two-thirds of who log in... Show More

PM Capital

As we’ve reached the end of the first quarter calls in the US, we can take a snapshot of the tech sector and see what it may tell us about the future. Earnings reported by technology companies across a range of subsectors have been good. In the internet space, both... Show More

Sinclair Currie

In Paisley 80 years ago, a woman became ill after being served ginger beer from a bottle containing a decomposing snail. The ensuing claim for damages resulted in a lengthy legal process resulting in success for the claimant. This precedent created a legal risk associated with poor quality service and... Show More

Marcus Tuck

The FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google/Alphabet) led the market up and participated in the recent correction. Their latest profit reports are an important guide to the sustainability of the tech sector's rise. Here we argue that on a Price Earnings Growth basis, they still look sharp. Show More

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

Amit Lodha

This time last year, I published an article on Livewire called ‘What Peter Lynch taught me about Facebook’. Here, I made a warning call on the data privacy issues Facebook is facing today. Livewire has since got in touch with us to discuss: what the next 12 months looks like... Show More

Chris Stott

Expectations of accelerated interest rate rises sent equity markets into a tailspin in February, impacting the first quarter and setting the tone for the calendar year. The good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom and investors can look to the media and retail sectors for opportunities over... Show More

Livewire Exclusive

Three of Australia’s leading fund managers explain how they are approaching investing at this late stage of the cycle. Our panellists discuss whether we’re already in a correction, their number one concern in today’s market, and they each share a stock idea from their part of the market. Show More