This weekend my attention was drawn (thank you to PSG Asset Management's Shaun le Roux) to an article on the FT website with the title above. There is no doubt that many tracker funds and ETFs have had very strong performance in recent years as we have seen a powerful momentum trend push the prices … Continue reading Index trackers break basic rules of portfolio management
Much has been made of how concentrated our local All Share Index (ALSI) is and how certain companies (like Naspers) have a significant impact on movements of the index. But the ALSI is not unique. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also called DJIA, or simply the Dow, is a stock market index, that shows how 30 large publicly owned companies based … Continue reading How do you like THEM apples?
GMO have released their monthly forecast of what they believe the probable asset class returns will be over the next 7-years. Comment: Asset class / index views are a broad generalisation and should not be interpreted as meaning that all/every component is the same. Within each of these asset classes one will find assets which … Continue reading GMO’s 7‐Year Asset Class Real Return Forecasts
Writing in the latest PSG Asset Management quarterly newsletter my friend and former colleague, Philipp Wörz has highlighted that it's not just foreign asset managers who think that developed market valuations are starting to feel quite stretched, but local managers are very aware of this too. "Global equities have been in a bull market ever … Continue reading PSG: Be selective when investing offshore and don’t discount South Africa
I attended the most recent Taking Stock presentation by Investec Asset Management on Friday morning. The main speakers were Malcolm Charles, Head of Fixed Income and Clyde Rossouw, Co-Head of Quality. Malcolm's portfolio manager duties includes the Diversified Income Fund. Clyde's portfolio manager duties include the Investec Opportunity, Cautious Managed and Global Franchise Funds. Jeremy Gardiner … Continue reading Taking stock with Investec: Going nowhere slowly but don’t bet against the pros
This morning I attended the Coronation Global Markets & Funds Update. The presenters were Gavin Joubert and Neil Padoa. Gavin is head of Coronation's Global Emerging Markets investment unit. Gavin has 18 years' experience as an investment analyst and portfolio manager. He joined Coronation in 1999 and currently co-manages the Global Emerging Markets Equity strategy. … Continue reading Coronation Global Markets & Funds Update
I thought that this graphic was interesting and a timely reminder of a few things. Source: Visualcapitalist.com It strikes me that: at none of these times have all the companies been the same all the biggest companies at present are, broadly speaking, technology companies this list will probably look different five years from now. Disclaimer: … Continue reading Who are the heavyweights?