9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM

Fund Reviews: Diversified

Written by Mike Taylor,  Founder & CEO

Conservative Fund

The Conservative Fund returned 0.7% for the month, bringing it to a 12-month return of 4.2%.

I’m pleased to report the Conservative Fund outperformed by a decent margin in August. This was achieved almost exclusively through stock picking. August is reporting season for the majority of our holdings and there was a strong showing across the board. Highlights include Australian property group HomeCo, which continues to beat expectations. They upgraded their three-year target by 100%. EBOS reported a solid set of numbers and is trading at all-time-highs. Z Energy received a takeover offer from Ampol at $3.78. We will continue to hold as there is the potential for another player to make a bid.

German meal-kit giant HelloFresh, which now has 70% market share in the US, also hit new highs and is up around 3x from first purchase. [email protected] UK is trading at new highs. The list goes on. There was even a rally back in the fund’s travel names!

My approach to our large cap holdings has been to own companies that I’m using in my everyday life (work or personal), I like the product/service, I know others feel the same and the company is on a growth trajectory. This explains the majority of positions, including the likes of Disney, JP Morgan, UBER, PayPal and Microsoft.

My approach to small cap is the same as when I was running a small-cap strategy. Pick a company that’s growing earnings and where there is room for the multiple to expand (typically this happens in the transition from small to medium/large). Examples include [email protected], HMC, HDN, SWM and Encavis.

In terms of bonds, nothing new in August and we remain underweight in government and corporate bonds and overweight in term deposits, where we can now pick up 1.2-1.5% on terms of 6-12 months. As the economic cycle progresses then we will gradually increase exposure to government bonds. It just makes no sense to buy short dated bonds, when if we just wait a year, all else being equal (ie the recovery continues) then the rate will be higher.


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