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Huge winners like Facebook don’t come along very often, and they’re incredibly difficult to identify when they do. So how can investors benefit from these big winners, minus some of the uncertainties? Bill Pridham, Co-Portfolio Manager at Ellerston Global Investments believes in the ‘selling pickaxes to gold miners’ approach. “It’s... Show More

Anthony Aboud

It seems everyone out there wants to invest in the hot new thing. You mention a company which has “big data,” “cloud computing infrastructure,” “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning,” “robotics,” and investors go weak at the knees. In the current environment, investors want to buy the latest and greatest technology players.... Show More

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

Tim Gerrard

When you pull up your car at a railway crossing in the Pilbara, you can afford to switch off the engine and get out to stretch your legs – you’ll be waiting for quite a while as wagon after wagon rumble by. While peace is restored soon enough, it’s only... Show More

Alex Duffy

From my initial visits to China in the early part of last decade, one element which stood out was the sheer scale of the industrial economy and the implications which a market of that size had on domestic manufacturing and industrial companies. In the construction equipment sector in 2005 it... Show More

Eng-Teck Tan

Hard landing? Not even close. China's GDP growth is stabilising. The country is riding on the dual trends of a growing tech and consumer culture. From almost nowhere, its private companies are becoming world-beaters in high-growth tech sectors, from smartphones to civilian drones, e-commerce to ride-sharing. Show More

Eng-Teck Tan

China might seem like an unlikely candidate for innovation as it is traditionally better known for contract or original equipment manufacturing. However, with its natural advantage of a vast talent pool, financing and market access, China has most of the ingredients needed to transform into the “Silicon Valley of the... Show More

Nathan Bell

Research shows that founder-led companies outperform. While that might not be surprising given the recent share price performance of US tech titans such as Amazon, Alphabet, Netflix and Facebook, which are led by their founders, research shows that this phenomenon isn’t limited to the technology sector (see charts below). Show More

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While ‘technology’ was once a distinct industry, today there is technology in every business and every sector globally. Being a successful investor in this environment means buying businesses that can stay ahead of the curve, explains Garry Laurence, Portfolio Manager at Perpetual Limited. He shares the example of Nasdaq; while... Show More

Peter Wilmshurst

Allergan (NYSE: AGN) is a specialty pharmaceutical company operating in the research, development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. The company offers a portfolio of products that provide treatment for the central nervous system, gastroenterology, women's health and urology, ophthalmology, neurosciences, medical aesthetics, dermatology, plastic surgery, liver disease, inflammation, metabolic syndromes,... Show More

AMP Capital

Recent developments – including the rise of populism, developments in the South China Sea and around commodity prices along with relentless technological innovation – have relevance for longer term trends likely to affect investors. Being aware of such megatrends is critical given the short-term noise that surrounds markets. Key megatrends... Show More

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Nouriel Roubini sees pain ahead for the global economy and markets, with a slowdown or recession being the possible outcomes in 2016. “I would rule out the recession scenario because that would require a collapse of China, a collapse of emerging markets, and a stall of growth in the US,... Show More

Marsico Capital Management

Denver Based Marsico Capital Management’s top performing Global Equity Fund is now available to Australian sophisticated investors. Tom Marsico, the veteran consumer, tech and healthcare portfolio manager runs the strategy and typically invests in innovative growth franchises that exhibit above-trend growth, strong returns on capital that are gaining market share... Show More

Marsico Capital Management

Regardless of Macro environment, Marsico Capital are particularly focused on franchises that could be characterized as “disrupters”. These include companies that exhibit a business model potent enough to redistribute the revenue or profit pool of an existing industry to themselves, even as other participants struggle with the classic innovator’s dilemma... Show More

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Satyajit Das, author of “A Banquet of Consequences” argues that innovation is slowing and todays startups in the computing and technology spaces are delivering disappointingly small changes when compared with the step-changes of former eras. “Between 1960 and 1990 when the initial phase of computing went through and particularly in... Show More