Why we don't own retail

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Retail has seen more tech casualties than most sectors, however some investors are now seeing value emerging in ‘oversold’ names. However, Eileen Riley, Co-Portfolio Manager at US-based Loomis Sayles explains to us in this short video why she disagrees and won’t invest in traditional retail at all.

She nominates the price transparency of e-commerce as the driving force that ‘Makes it very difficult to forecast an appropriate competitive advantage period and forward duration of a business, and for that reason we currently don’t own any exposure to retail.’ However, this competitive advantage period is a key reason that she continues to see value in holding Amazon, despite it currently trading on a PE ratio of 63 times, as she explains here.


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