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The ATO distinguishes between LICs, deeming some as investors for tax purposes and some as traders for tax purposes. This distinction has implications for the way dividends are sourced and capital gains are treated.
The merit of appointing an internal or external CEO depends on the company’s circumstances. Internal appointments tend to be more successful, although alignment of interests with shareholders is critical.
There is no correct answer to the maximum or minimum amount of exposure to a single company in a portfolio, but liquidity, risk and costs play into the decision.
There are now almost 100 Listed Investment Companies, but they are not created equally. There are important differentiating features that should be considered before choosing where to invest.
Purchases and sales of shares in their own company by directors and executives can be a powerful sign of the future potential within a company and should be monitored closely.
Investors have access to many sources of information, and investment ideas come in many guises from different places, some when you don’t expect them. Where have your best investments come from?
While some investors like to take a profit, others let their winners run. It pays to have a systematic approach to selling winners in the hope of hanging on to the successes.
When a new company comes to market with little or no earnings history, investors need to turn to other factors to assess the merits. It’s a higher risk game but the rewards are there.
Although companies adhere to a continuous disclosure regime, it’s hard to replace the value of company visits for active managers, who glean insights and understandings that financial reports and ASX statements fail to convey.
When assessing the quality of a business, all the statistics, ratios and reports in the world cannot give you an accurate view of the human element of its management.
In a continuation of the ‘active vs passive’ debate, there are many reasons why a good active manager should be worth the extra cost. What should the manager be doing to deliver results?
Many capital management techniques are used by LICs in an attempt to narrow or eliminate the discount at which the price trades relative to net tangible assets – all with varying success.
The surge in popularity of listed investment companies has seen the erosion of the average price discount relative to net assets. Whether a LIC is likely to trade at a discount or a premium should inform your decision to invest.
Over the last two years, small caps have underperformed their large cap rivals in Australia, which goes against the global historical trend. Where has our small cap additional performance gone and will it return?
Small cap companies outperform their large cap peers over the long term and are a great way of adding diversification. But there are hundreds of small companies to choose from, and it’s important to find the quality.