It feels like investors are throwing in the towel on Australian bank shares. With the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Index deep in a bear market after years of underperformance, the horror stories that emerged during the Royal Commission, and more recently the Covid-19 crisis, Simon Mawhinney of Allan Gray says it’s natural for investors to perceive that the downhill momentum in bank stocks will continue into perpetuity.

“But like all things price needs to be taken into consideration and some of the banks trade at very low multiples… there are risks ahead but there are also rewards if the future turns out not to be as woeful as people expect.

Here, Simon discusses how he’s positioned in the financial sector, the banks he owns and the one bank he doesn’t as at 11 March 2020.


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