Investment Theme

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In this wire, I have shortlisted 10 of the most liked wires from 2018 that focused on timeless investment lessons, or strategies, from our contributors. 

I hope you enjoy them (and don’t forget to vote)!    

Going with the flow

Marcus Padley, Marcus Today 

Marcus explains in ‘Going with the flow’ that when investing, valuation is one thing, but it is also essential to monitor what the fund managers are doing, watch for changes in director holdings, track movements in the top 20 Shareholders, and watch what the short Sellers are doing.  

Opportunities and risks in pricing of LIC’s

Dominic McCormick, Select Investment Partners 

This great wire explains why LICs trade at a premium or discount to their net asset value. Dominic also lays out 3 reasons that buying at a discount can work to improve returns at more levels than you might think.  

3 ways you can beat the fundies

Lawrence Lam, Lumenary Asset Management 

Lawrence questions the assumptions about the edge that fund managers have over everyday investors and suggests 3 straightforward ways investors can use this to beat the fundies at their own game

Credit availability IS Australia’s House Prices

Steve Johnson, Forager Funds  

Before house prices really started to roll over last year, Steve succinctly summarised how “ don’t lend against the value of houses. They lend against people’s incomes. And the amount that banks lend is the sole determinant of the value of Australia’s housing stock”, i.e.: why Credit availability IS Australia's house prices.  

Matthew Kidman: Uncut

James Marlay, Livewire Markets 

James Marley’s interview with Matthew Kidman from Centennial, who you may also know from our Buy Hold Sell series, was one of the most popular videos from last year. Matthew shared some timeless investing lessons, the story of how he came into funds management, and some stock ideas, in Matthew Kidman: Uncut.  

Investment principles, risks and opportunities

Kerr Neilson, Platinum Asset Management

Platinum Asset Management’s Founder Kerr Neilson is a fund manager who needs no introduction. Here he shares some timeless investment principles, the big issues, and what he’s excited about ahead.  

10-baggers are everywhere (so are 100-baggers)

Weimin Xie, MX Capital 

As Weimin says: “The good news is that 10-baggers are everywhere. Every single stock in Australia and New Zealand has a 1-in-7 chance of being a 10-bagger during its life in the next 35 years. And what about the mystical 100-bagger? There are a lot of them, and they are near you.” Read on! 

7 pieces of wisdom from the 2017 Berkshire letter

Patrick Poke (with assistance from Warren Buffett) 

Pat enjoys few things more than reviewing annual letters from the market’s ‘Super investors’. In this wire he distils the most recent Buffett letter for you (watch for the next one at the end of Feb), landing on 7 maxims for all investors. As one reader said in the comments: “I have to print this and stick it over my computer, every time I want to trade, I will read it” 

The 6 company mistruths to be wary of…

Dean Fergie, Cyan Investment Management 

It’s timely to re-run this piece from Dean who wrote that “Company management has, at times, been known to 'stretch the truth' when communicating with investors. So, with February reporting about to start in earnest, we thought it timely to highlight 6 common types of 'mistruths' to keep a watch for…” 

If 24 LIC’s ran the Melbourne Cup

Daryl Wilson , Affluence Funds 

This overview of the huge and growing LIC market was as amusing as it was useful. Daryl provides a ‘form guide’ for 24 LIC’s, shortlisting his 3 favourites to stand on the podium. 

Peter Cooper’s next big idea

Patrick Poke, Livewire Markets 

Industry legend, Peter Cooper, gave Pat a rare interview earlier last year, which provided his big idea for the next 30 years, and some specific investment opportunities.

 

 



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