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Short-term reactionary behaviour is to be expected within every earnings season, and February 2019 was no exception. But opportunities that went misinterpreted or unappreciated by the herd await patient investors willing to block out the noise and really take a look at a company’s fundamentals and growth prospects. Here, we... Show More

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Growth stocks like Afterpay, Appen and Nearmap that are making waves offshore have been dominating the leader board. Meanwhile, domestic cyclicals have been struggling as deteriorating economic conditions weigh them down. How are investors supposed to invest in this dichotomy, in which growth stocks with overseas success look ever more... Show More

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If 2018 were a boxing match, you would be Mundine and Mr. Market would be Horn. It only took you 96 seconds to be battered and bruised to the floor. What went wrong? What did you miss? Like Horn, markets have been unforgiving. Globally, we have seen one of the... Show More

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Almost 12 months ago, we published an article about the coming boom in Australian infrastructure spending. At the time, a popular chart by Macromonitor (see below) was being passed around among fund managers and economists showing the massive increase in spend over the coming years. Source: Macromonitor While a combination of stock-specific... Show More

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As the old saying goes; “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. And nowhere is this truer than the sometimes-scary world of deep value and contrarian investing. Some of the stocks mentioned here have fallen 80% or more from relatively recent highs, and have fallen off the radar of index... Show More

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10 years into a bull market, and with most major indices showing triple-digit percentage gains from their lows, finding value is tough. Compounding the challenges, ‘value stocks’ by the traditional definition have underperformed throughout this period. Despite this, some value investors are still posting outsized returns. If history is any... Show More

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What would you nominate as the most under-appreciated risk in the market today? There seems to have been an endless carousel of macro ‘bogeymen’, yet markets keep inching higher. So which risks really matter, and which ones have investors overlooked? We asked a panel of leading economists for their take. Alex... Show More

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With tectonic plates shifting under the markets, we got in touch with three leading economists to get their number one chart in markets today. First up, Cameron Kusher, Principal at CoreLogic, tells us what the market’s been missing in residential housing. Next, Alex Joiner, Chief Economist at IFM Investors, looks... Show More

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Expectations are critical in investing, and at no time is their importance higher than during reporting season. Even a strong result can see a stock price tumble if it fails to meet the market’s expectations. Likewise, an outwardly poor result can result in a rally if it exceeds expectations. With... Show More

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(Ed note: First published December 2017): At the start of December we asked 13 contributing Fund Managers for their ‘number one call for 2018’, for our new Livewire ‘Christmas Cracker’ series which you may have seen in recent weeks. In case you missed any of them, we have wrapped them... Show More

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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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For decades, the prevailing view of financial markets was one of rational actors creating efficient prices. In recent years, particularly in the wake of the GFC, investors have increasingly adopted a very different view of how markets operate. Loss aversion bias, anchoring, and herding (among others) have all become popular... Show More

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In the final edition of our results coverage, we hear from three contributors about their stand-out results for the period. Responses come from Simon Shields, Monash Investors; Alex Shevelev, Forager Funds; and Romano Sala-Tenna, Katana Asset Management. Results have now wrapped up for financial year 2017 and it was a mixed... Show More