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Aboud: What I’d buy in a market crash

Aboud: What I’d buy in a market crash

February 21, 2020

Guest: Anthony Aboud, Perpetual Investments.

At some point in their lives, most people have lusted after a dream item, but been unwilling or unable to justify the price tag. Whether it’s a car, jewellery, or luxury holiday there's a point at which the price is too high to justify. But then, the retailer suddenly announces a big sale that brings it within reach.

Buying stocks is no different. Quality comes at a price, but occasionally the entire equity market goes on sale - allowing you to snap up your dream stocks at a discount.

In this week’s episode of The Rules of Investing, Anthony Aboud from Perpetual shares two companies that he’d love to buy the next time stocks go on sale. We also discuss his large overweight position in Commonwealth Bank, what he looks for in a compelling short candidate, and the company results he’s most interested to read this February.

Finding income in a low-rate world

Finding income in a low-rate world

February 7, 2020

For the best part of a decade now, income hungry investors have battled to find a decent yield. Thankfully, the capital gains from falling rates have offset the lack of income. But with rates around the world close to zero, it seems there’s limited room left for more capital gains.

Let me share an example. According to the ATO, the average super balance for a 65-74-year-old man is $446,800. Meanwhile, the average super balance for a 65-74-year-old woman is $378,600. So, let’s say our couple has a combined super balance of $825,200. Quite a healthy nest-egg. But with term deposit rates at around 1.75%, that will produce just $14,441 of income over the course of a year.

It should come as no surprise then that private credit, with its chunky yields, has seen a boom in popularity in recent times. Once purely the domain of institutional investors, these products are increasingly available to retail investors through listed structures on the ASX. Offering returns in the mid-to-high single digits, they attract a premium for the higher risk nature, while generating additional fees from deal origination.

Andrew Lockhart, Managing Partner of Metrics Credit Partners, has been a pioneer in this sub-sector in Australia. He worked for decades at a Big Bank on these deals, and then nine years ago decided to start Metrics with his business partners. In this week’s episode of The Rules of Investing, we discuss how the GFC shaped his investment philosophy, how Australia's big banks have changed the way they’re funded, and the sectors he'd be avoiding if the market closed for 5 years.

The theme to dominate this decade in markets

The theme to dominate this decade in markets

January 24, 2020
The last 40 years in financial markets have been heavily influenced by a very important factor: falling interest rates. A look at the 10-year US bond yield shows that it peaked in '81 at around 16%, and since then it's been a steady march lower, seemingly inevitably marching towards zero. According to Paul Moore, founder and Chief Investment Officer at PM Capital, this trend has now passed an inflection point. Rates have bottomed in the US and Europe, and inflation might not be as far away as many expect. 
"You're slowly seeing the conditions put in place for inflation to be underpinned. Every central bank wants to create inflation. Ultimately, they'll get what they asked for. They might not want it when they finally get it, but they will get it...
He believes that this trend will have far reaching implications across all asset markets, but for equity investors it means that the types of investments that have worked well in the past, won't in the future. And likewise, some investments that have been out of favour, could be due for a comeback. 
Tune in to the latest episode of The Rules of Investing, presented by Livewire Markets, to hear his take on which assets are set to benefit and which will suffer. 
How an everyday investor competes with the pros

How an everyday investor competes with the pros

December 23, 2019
Angie Ellis might not be a 'household name' among investors, but she's racked up quite a track record since she started 8020 Investments about five years ago. See, Angie is a regular entrant to the Fairfax share tipping competition, published in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald each week. And of the seven times she's entered the competition this year, she's won it five times, and came second twice. This is no fluke either, she's consistently been the top performer over several years. 
So for my last podcast for 2019 (this was recorded in December), I decided to change up the pace, skip the fund managers, and talk to one of Australia's most successful private investors. 
We discuss how she transitioned from a part-time to a full-time investor, and how it's affected her portfolio; her strategy for the tipping competition, and how to compares to her personal portfolio; and she discusses some of the companies that have been key to her success. 
Two consumer stocks making it big overseas

Two consumer stocks making it big overseas

December 6, 2019

The Australian team at Fidelity International often draw on influence of legendary Fidelity fund manager, Peter Lynch. But one area that the approach hasn't always worked has been store rollouts. Lynch famously loved a good store rollout as it was predictable growth with limited risk. As Kate Howitt, Portfolio Manager at Fidelity International explains in this week's podcast, this approach runs into a problem in Australia:

"If you try to put that into the Australian market there's a bit of a problem. That is that by the time you're large enough to list, you're probably about halfway through rolling out stores, because our market is so small."

Her approach instead, has been to look for great Australia consumer brands and retailers that can roll their product or store out overseas. In this episode of The Rules of Investing, she shares her thesis on two of these companies. She also discusses her quest to understand what makes a great company, and explains a strange anomaly being created by the combination low rates, easy money, and passive investing.
50th episode special with Hamish Douglass

50th episode special with Hamish Douglass

November 22, 2019

After two years on the air, The Rules of Investing marks its 50th episode with a very special guest; Hamish Douglass, co-founder, Chairman, Chief Investment Officer, and Lead Portfolio Manager of Magellan Asset Management.

In this exclusive, in-depth interview, Hamish opens up about several topics that he rarely discusses. We hear about the first investment he ever made, how he invested his entire personal wealth in a single asset (and why it was so successful), and some of the challenges he faced in the early years of Magellan. He also discusses what it would take to see a pick-up in inflation and how likely he thinks that scenario is, why he’s confident owning US-listed Chinese mainland companies, and the big investment trends he expects to succeed and fizzle out over the coming decade.

Tune in below for this special episode.

Nailing your asset allocation

Nailing your asset allocation

November 8, 2019


While most investors focus on picking stocks to drive performance, in reality, this is just a part of it. Research has proven that over the long-term, 85% of your return is determined by nailing your asset allocation, i.e.: the right mix equities, bonds, alternatives, property and cash for your goals. 

In the final part of this three-part mini-series aimed at new investors, I sit down with Andrew McAuley the Chief Investment Officer for Credit Suisse Private Bank in Australia. 

Bringing it all together to complete this series, Andrew succinctly explains what asset allocation is and why it is important to get right. This was an enjoyable interview with an industry luminary, and I hope you find it as useful as I did interesting. 

How to pick stocks like a pro

How to pick stocks like a pro

October 25, 2019

Equities form a core part of most long-term investment strategies; they offer strong long-term returns, but at the cost of higher volatility than many other assets. But how should investors think about their strategy in this important asset class? That’s the topic of this week’s podcast.

In part two of this three-part mini-series, I sit down with Hamish Carlisle from Merlon Capital. Hamish is an excellent communicator, and has written some of my favourite pieces of stock analysis on Livewire this year. The goal is to provide the tools and the background needed to get started investing in equities.

We discuss what makes a great equity investment, some important skills and concepts for new investors to learn, and he talks us through a current practical example of an investment that he thinks is materially undervalued.

Investing: A how to guide (Part 1)

Investing: A how to guide (Part 1)

October 4, 2019

Getting started as an investor is a daunting task. Even for experienced investors, information overload can be a problem, but for the new investor, it’s hard to even know where to look for a starting point. That’s the goal of this special mini-series; to provide a starting point for novice investors to begin their journey.

In this first part of the series, we’ll be discussing issues around personal finance, goal setting, risk and reward, and setting yourself up to get started as an investor. In two weeks’ time, we’ll do a special episode on equity analysis, that I hope will provide the tools required to begin analysing stocks. Finally, we’ll do an episode about portfolio construction and asset allocation – one of the most underappreciated aspects of investing.

If you’ve got any family members or friends that have been asking you about investing, then this is for them. Please consider whether you know anyone who might benefit from this content, and send it their way.

This week’s guest is Phil Richards, Director and Wealth Advisor at Endorphin Wealth, and Founder of Smart Home Deposit, an online tool to help first home buyers save for a deposit. - superior podcast hosting. - superior podcast hosting.

September 24, 2019

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