The following is an extract from client feedback written for an offshore client invested in a portfolio of multi-asset global mutual funds, which I feel touches on some important investment points for the current investment environment and investment principles in
I vividly recall attending an investor feedback session with a hotshot offshore manager whose fund had performed terribly. After taking some criticism from the hostile audience he totally lost it, raising his voice he stated that “it was only numbers”.
With the US stock market now entering its 9th year in a bull market phase, it’s probably a good idea to reflect on some old age wisdom, which is nicely explained in the following quote; Bull markets are born on
“Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy” Warren Buffett The big financial institutions have just released their economic forecasts for 2018 and what do you know they are extremely bullish with a consensus view of
You had to feel a little sorry for our newest finance minister when he presented the recent mini-budget. Stuck between “a rock and a hard place” with no room to manoeuvre. SA has literally hit its fiscal cliff with the
As investors we are taught not to let macro factors overly influence our investment decisions. There is empirical evidence suggesting that even if you can correctly call a macro event like Brexit it is still impossible to know how the
The million-dollar question for South African investors is the exchange rate. The reason for this is that 50% of the JSE’s overall earnings is now generated from overseas. A weaker rand translates into higher earnings and thus higher share valuations.
A recent Credit Suisse report revealed the best performing stock market since 1900 to be none other than our own ALSI. Hard to believe considering all the turmoil SA has been through over the last 116 years or maybe that
A bias is defined as; “Not logical or reasonable” “…tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment”. Recency Bias refers to our expectation for future returns based on
The rating downgrade is not the concern, but the reason for the downgrade is. Rating agencies primarily consider two critical factors when issuing a credit rating. Firstly, your ability to pay back the debt and secondly your willingness. How does