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24 hot stocks and funds for 2021

There is always doubt about the future, but 2021 will be especially challenging for investing. Equity markets are at stretched valuations as analysts build in optimism about earnings recovery and stimulus in a post-COVID world. The safety of cash and term deposits offers negative real yields, forcing many conservative investors to take on risk they would otherwise avoid. As they seek an elusive combination of defensive market exposure with reasonable yield, they see others enjoying the growth story by buying companies without profits or dividends. Time will tell who wins.

We contacted two dozen fund managers and product providers, and thanks to the following contributors for their views on 2021:

  • Shane Miller, Chi-X Australia
  • Kris Webster, Magellan
  • Sean Fenton, Sage Capital
  • Steven Bennett, Charter Hall Group
  • Tim Canham and Wik Farwerck, First Sentier Investors
  • Aaron Binsted, Lazard Australia
  • Franklin Global Growth Fund team, Franklin Templeton
  • Gemma Dale, nabtrade
  • David Bassanese, BetaShares
  • Michael Murray, Australian Ethical
  • Nandita D’Souza, Citi
  • Perpetual Investments
  • Australian Equities Growth Team, First Sentier Investors
  • Deana Mitchell, Australian Ethical
  • Roger Montgomery, Montgomery Investment Management
  • Peter Bell, Bellmont Securities
  • Jordan Eliseo, The Perth Mint
  • Alex Pollak, Loftus Peak 
  • Jun Bei Liu, Tribeca Investment Partners
  • Marcus Padley, Marcus Today
  • Orbis Investments
  • Vanguard Investments Australia 
  • Adrian Martuccio, Bell Asset Management

We allowed nominations for listed companies, funds or sectors to give a broad range of opportunities, and you should read the recommendations in that context as some people mention their own funds.

Please note, responses were received around mid-December 2020 and some prices may have changed.

At the end of 2021, we will review these selections to check the best and worst results and calculate an overall weighted return.

Graham Hand

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Disclaimer: Highlighting these stock picks does not constitute any offer or inducement by Firstlinks or the contributing individuals and companies to make any investment. This publication is for general information only and has been prepared without considering any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs and you should therefore consider the appropriateness of the information, in light of your own objectives, financial situation or needs, before acting.

Refer to our Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information at www.morningstar.com.au/s/fsg.pdf.

To obtain advice tailored to your situation, contact a professional financial adviser. Past performance does not necessarily indicate a financial product's future performance.

 

5 Comments
Mic smith
January 31, 2021

Part of the problem here is that FirstLinks has given a forum to Fund Manager who want to pump the stocks they already own. These guys are doing well enough with their average 1% of assets commission plus usually 20% of benchmark "out performance". They do not need any further help from Firstlinks - or anyone else.

Graham Hand
January 31, 2021

Hi Mic, fair comments, but in the overall balance of its content, Firstlinks devotes relatively little space to stock picking as we prefer to give our readers enduring investment ideas. But the fact is that readers like stock picks, and these articles are highly popular. Little wonder some publications devote their entire content to stock picking, accepting (or ignoring) including the downside you identify of fund managers pumping up their own picks. Doesn't seem to bother them or their readers.

Mic Smith
February 14, 2021

Hi Graham,
Mic here again. Your point that readers love stock picks may well be correct. However your job is to educate readers. There is a whole "finance industry" out there, which when you look objectively, much of it is no more that a predator on the ignorant and gullible. This is what the Hayne Royal Commission was all about attempting to fix. If First Links wants to maintain a position as a genuine credible objective entity that helps the ordinary Australian with its finances, then First Links must do better. Please, start by calling out conflicts of interest.

Dane
January 08, 2021

I really like Cuffelinks but you would serve yourself well if you refrained from publishing market/asset class return forecasts, which are nothing more than guesses. A large body of evidence suggests they are close to worthless. Admittedly fundies will never day "I dont know' when asked about the future but we shouldn't be enablers. lol.

George
January 07, 2021

It will be interesting to see the winners and losers from this list in a year. So often, recommendations are made and there is no back-check. Let's hold the forecasts accountable.

 

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