The start of the financial year is always an excellent time to take stock of your current situation and visualise where you’d like to be in the future. It’s fair to say this year hasn’t been ‘business as usual’! While no-one could have predicted the first six months of 2020, nor want to repeat them,…

The Core Value Portfolio (CVP) returned +2.00% for the month of May, a solid result given the defensive stance of the Portfolio. May was a volatile month for the Australian equity market; however it finished the month up +5.0%. SGH ICE (+7.1%), Firetrail High Conviction (+5.3%), and Allan Gray (+5.5%) all produced returns exceeding the…

The Core Value Portfolio (CVP) generated a return of +3.43% for the month, a solid return given the current defensive positioning of the Portfolio. The Australian equity market finished the month up +8.8%. SGH ICE (+16.1%), Firetrail High Conviction (+14.7%), and Allan Gray (+12.5%) all provided significant alpha. The other investments from this asset class, the beta exposure…

With many people now working from home because of COVID-19, some of the expenses your employer normally pays – such as electricity, heating and cooling – are now coming out of your wallet. Although some employers may provide a daily allowance to help with these additional costs, if you’re not receiving anything it’s important to…

March was a turbulent month for global financial markets. Evidence of the Covid-19 virus spreading into Europe triggered a sharp fall in equities and other assets, combined with a liquidity squeeze as demand for USD cash rocketed. The AUD fell nearly 10c against the USD. Volatility rose across many asset classes, with equities moving up and down by…

The Core Value Portfolio (CVP) generated a return of (-2.59%) in February. Whilst a negative return, this was against a backdrop of equity markets falling significantly in what became a volatile month. Up until the last week of February, most major market indices were trading flat to up. However, in the last week equities sold…

The Core Value Portfolio (CVP) generated a positive return of +2.02% in January in a strong month for domestic and international equities with both indexes up +4.7% and +4.4% respectively. As a result of the robust performance in the Australian equity market, all managers delivered positive returns in January. The best performing fund was the…

Many Australians love sport, and as a result, we can be a bit obsessed with “averages”. Perhaps the most famous average of all is likely to be Don Bradman’s Test batting average of 99.94. For example, did you know that the mailing address for the ABC in each state is GPO Box 9994, which was…

Performance for equity markets was weak in December with both the Australian equity market (-1.9%) and MSCI World Equity Index (-0.9%) posting losses. The Core Value Portfolio (CVP) capped off the year with a flat monthly return of +0.02%, a pleasing result which brought the calendar year return to +11.2%. Despite the Australian equity market…

It was a year of extremes, with shares hitting record highs and interest rates at historic lows. Yet all in all, 2019 delivered far better returns than Australian investors anticipated at the start of the year. The total return from Australian shares (capital growth and dividend income) was 24 per cent in the year to…

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