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Company Update: Macquarie Group

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

First Half FY2019 report is strong and brings an upgrade to full-year expectations Macquarie Group reported first-half earnings on Friday 2nd November and delivered ahead of expectations with a 5% rise in profit and earnings per share. This was particularly impressive... Continue reading

Markets Fearful – Nowhere to Hide?

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Sometimes it seems like there’s nowhere to hide. Equity investors were smacked in the face over the month of October, with waves of selling hitting sharemarkets from Sydney to Shanghai and London to New York. Something like $7 trillion was... Continue reading

Investment consequences of the US midterm elections

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Event The US midterm elections saw the Democrats win control of the House and Republicans retain the Senate. Both outcomes were predicted by the polls and betting markets, so there were no surprises – in contrast to Brexit and President... Continue reading

Stock In The Spotlight: Lycopodium

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Global market turbulence this month is a timely reminder of the importance of capital positioning to risk management for investors and companies alike. Excess capital in the hands of a skilful allocator isn’t a waste of capability, rather it enables... Continue reading

Market corrections are a normal and welcome part of investing life

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

At times like now it’s easy to get caught up in the shock and emotion of suffering a sudden and significant decline in wealth from falling share prices. However it is normal for equity markets to experience two or even... Continue reading

A significant month

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

October 2018 is significant for your writer. This week I celebrate my 60th birthday. Therefore, I feel entitled to take liberties in this week’s The View and reflect on some history. I hope that you can accept my indulgence. John Abernethy at 60... Continue reading

Company Update: Appen

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The most intriguing aspect of the recent August reporting season was the stellar returns of a small group of technology-related companies. In the month of August alone, this group returned an average of 37%. For the twelve months to 31... Continue reading

Machine Learning Meets Health Care

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Machine Learning (ML) has evolved from a fringe technology to something more mainstream that is on most investors or companies lips. It is easy to dismiss this as technology born out of Silicon Valley that has no real-world application. This... Continue reading

Trump Bumps Bonds

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The developed world has a problem. Interest rates are too low, and they have been too low for too long. Therefore, investment markets will now have to navigate a period of rising interest rates, which may take many years to... Continue reading

An interview with Clime’s new CEO, Rod Bristow

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

PZ: Rod, you’ve been with Clime for almost a month now in the role of CEO. What initially attracted you to the role? RB: Clime has always had a unique, ‘straight talking’ way of engaging with clients.  That approach really resonates with... Continue reading

Company Update: Collins Foods

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

This week KFC restaurants operator, Collins Foods (CKF), held in the ASX Model Portfolio, hosted its annual investor day in Brisbane, which we were fortunate to attend. The surprise coinciding with the day was CKF’s just-inked agreement with Taco Bell (a... Continue reading

Market should eventually be reassured on Amcor’s acquisition of Bemis

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Amcor shares, which are modestly out of favour in the sharemarket, are an opportunity long-term income investors could consider. The stock is trading near year-lows because the market is digesting the US$6.8 billion of new shares Amcor will issue as... Continue reading

Market Wrap: Finding growth in large-caps

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

 Clime Group owns shares in BHP, RIO, CBA, ANZ, WBC & NAB. Scott Maddock owns shares in TCL & SYD.... Continue reading

The Housing Correction We Have to Have

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Over recent weeks, we have highlighted that there are two main international macro events that will need to be closely monitored over the coming months. Each could impact the performance of investment markets in 2019. The first is the tariff... Continue reading

Stock in the Spotlight: AGL

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

In August AGL reported that its underlying EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Tax) grew by 22% during FY18. The result was driven by gains in earnings from Wholesale energy sales in both gas and electricity markets. However, AGL’s earnings from... Continue reading

QBE is travelling well despite recent natural disasters

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Every time there is a natural disaster, investors ask what it means for insurance stocks, so QBE Insurance Group is topical after the damage last month to the US states of North and South Carolina from Hurricane Florence, the first... Continue reading

The new BHP emerges from the failed US shale adventure

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

For ASX investors, BHP Billiton shares have emerged as a frontline exposure to the US-China trade conflict, which explains the recent retracement below $31 after the earlier April-June rally priced in the benefits of divesting the non-core US shale assets.... Continue reading

Small-caps with strong secular growth

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

 Clime Group owns shares in APT, CGL and RWC.... Continue reading

Trade disputes

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

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Don’t fear growth – stay with it

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Last week Warren Buffett gave an interview where he reiterated his firm belief in the US economy, which justifies Berkshire Hathaway’s investment focus on quality US companies. In doing so, he emphasised the long-term investment horizon, bemoaned the focus on... Continue reading

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