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Private equity’s role in a well-constructed portfolio

Private equity is attracting ever larger allocations from institutional investors. Russel Pillemer makes a case that all investors should consider the asset class.

Failed IPOs show power of active vigilantes

Equity market vigilanties, particularly resisting poor Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), are showing the benefits of active managers not simply buying everything put in front of them.

Bulls, bonds and brain damage

Markets are overlooking the obvious risks as traders pass the parcel to the next buyer. Even central bankers believe: “There is something vaguely troubling when the unthinkable becomes routine.”

Insane prices as private equity quits market

Let's face it. Prices for many listed and unlisted companies have reached insane levels. Many of Australia's most reputable and successful fund managers are bewildered by the current market, and something's got to give.

It's unlikely Uber has a long-term future

Uber is the largest loss-making startup in history, and while investors will climb aboard the IPO and return money to early investors, the stockmarket will eventually realise there is no identifiable path to Uber profitability.

Private equity grows as listed companies are only the tip of the iceberg

Most individual investors have difficulty accessing private equity directly, but unlisted and listed funds are opening this diversifying asset class to a wider range of investors.

Dick Smith prospectus failed to disclose

If we glean anything from the demise of Dick Smith, it is that Australia's disclosure requirements for prospectuses need serious improvement. The market is not properly informed during new share issues.

Lessons from Peter Lynch and Dick Smith

Applying the strategy employed by investing legend, Peter Lynch, might have helped understand the demise of electronics retailer Dick Smith well before most equity analysts saw it in the numbers.

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Is the fossil fuel narrative simply too convenient?

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Anton in 2006 v 2022, it's deja vu (all over again)

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