global equities

Two global themes SMSF investors should take note of

Garry Laurence

Investors in self-managed super funds (SMSFs) don’t seem to ascribe to traditional approaches of modern portfolio theory. According to its architect, Harry Markowitz, investors can design an ‘optimal’ portfolio to maximise returns by taking on risk – and risk can be managed through diversification across asset classes. Show More

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A deep dive on the Financials sector

Peter Wilmshurst

Despite political tension and underperformance of the European Financials sector in the June quarter, results in 2017 and the first quarter were solid. We saw upgrades for the European banking sector through 2017 on the back of improving loan losses and continued uptick in lending growth. The banks are also... Show More

PM Capital tackles a big issue with Listed Investment Companies

PM Capital

The arguments for using Listed Investment Companies (LICs) are numerous and the burgeoning LIC offering on the ASX means investors now have more choice than ever. One of the biggest frustrations for many investors is the fact that LICs will often trade at a discount to their Net Tangible Assets... Show More

Hidden gems in the global small and mid-cap market

Adrian Martuccio

Global small and mid-cap companies (SMID) can complement and diversify existing exposure to mega and large-cap companies, as well as reduce exposure to potential crowding-risk related to heightened passive flows. Below we highlight key characteristics of the asset class, and illustrate our selection process using two company examples. Show More

Asian Equities series: Part 1: Finding value in unexpected places

Peter Wilmshurst

Asia is offering compelling investment opportunities, though not necessarily in the places one might expect. Fundamental conditions within the region have improved significantly and valuations remain undemanding, particularly relative to the later-cycle US market. Show More

In Focus: Plato Global Shares Income Fund

Dan Pennell

Franking credits, income levels and home bias are just 3 reasons why Australian investors have such a love affair with domestic markets. However, with Australia’s top 6 yielding stocks providing approximately 50% of ASX200 Income, investors are exposing themselves to dangerous levels of concentration risk. Indeed if you held the... Show More