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Discussion in 'Listed Investment Companies (LIC) and Trusts (LIT)' started by austing, 18th Sep, 2016.

  1. austing

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    How to spot undervalued LICs

     
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    How about articles features interviews videos etc on Peter Thornhill!?

    Anybody have any good links or insights from this guru?!
     
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    Will create a new thread linking to the thread on PC. Not LIC specific.
     
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    Thanks @austing Any chance of adding an "idiots guide" to acquiring LIC's as part of a portfolio? For example, are they bought/sold like any other share, what are the typical dividend options (ie. reinvestment etc..) & do they differ in their portfolio management to direct company shares? It might sound ridiculously rudimentary however not all of us are seasoned shareholders/traders....
     
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    Maybe at some stage but I'm sure there's already plenty of similar guides already on the net. If I get a chance and I'm motivated enough I have a look to see what's around.

    Cheers
     
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    Yes.

    Just like other companies, some pay dividends and have reinvestment plans, some retain earnings rather than pay a dividend.

    LICs hold other companies shares and will have the combined weighted attributes of those assets. They will acquire and sell them based on their mandate (ideally, some follow it poorly). Some fancy LICs do other things like options trading which is probably a bit advanced for this discussion.

    Happy to answer any more questions or clarify.

    *Disclaimer: I'm just an enthusiastic beginner.
     
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    * Any chance of adding an "idiots guide" to acquiring LIC's as part of a portfolio ? *

    ( major cringe )

    i would suggest neither LICs nor ETFs are suitable for 'idiots' ( no matter how 'easy ' the advertising suggests it is ) , less complicated holding them ... yes , but still plenty of research and thought needed .

    reading the monthly and quarterly reports of each LIC that interests you ( before AND after you buy ) is a good start

    also beef up your skills in maths and statistics , some put a LOT of shine on their reports ( usually at your expense )


    and LICs ( and ETFs ) can be very useful to experienced investors as well
     
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    I can't think of anything more suitable for those just starting out. With the major low cost LICs and index tracking ETFs like VAS and VGS you can't go too far wrong. The lowest chance you can get that they won't go bust (and everything else would along with them) and long term you are likely to do well.
     
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    but timing is the key

    most offerings aren't that cheap ( there WILL be exceptions though )

    possibly a novice would do well to research both types ( including asking a skilled advisor on the tricky questions )

    and another ( potential ) trap are new market offerings even from well-known managers (like ALI from Argo ) how much does reputation count when selecting a brand new investment vehicle.

    and of course , novices tend to be easily frightened , selling instead of holding ( or even adding extras )

    they ( the novices ) still need to think about what they are buying and how it will react in a correction ( or a full crash ) some of the boring ones SHOULD ( no guarantee ) hold their value better than others .
     
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    Or time in the market?
     
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    but will a novice show restraint in the early buying spree ??

    i was limited by odd job call-outs ( for better or worse )

    others might swim into deep waters quickly ( run out of ready cash ).

    the market could still correct this year OR jump up testing 6000(+) before Xmas .

    sometimes the divs earned before a big div. ( DRPed ) make up for not waiting for that low entry price .

    it is very hard to get it right ( without a lot of luck )

    and the worst thing you can do is worry about your decisions ( after you have done it ) learning from the outcomes is fine , but not losing sleep over it .

    i just have a 'what if ' plan for either direction ( and sideways )
     
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    Someone who has a shorter timeframe needs to time the market better. But for someone who is able to start early, then time in the market applies.

    What if You Only Invested at Market Peaks?

    As always, sleep at night factor is major.

    :cool:
     
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    although fictional the S&P 500 is a BAD benchmark to use not that the ASX top 200 ( XJO ) is a stellar example , either .

    also inflation needs to be factored in .

    but a dull and boring LIC like BKI ( near 12 month lows ) can still make generally poor market timing , relatively painless ( especially if div. yield is of major importance )

    most want one LIC to 'do it all' ( SP rise , div. growth and absolute safety AND cheap )

    over-expectation is the trap here .( imo)
     
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    For the average person who doesn't know how to choose the best stock or even a good LIC manager, there is nothing wrong with choosing a simple low cost index tracking ETF and just doing regular investments and reinvesting dividends.

    Over time, they will accumulate a decent asset base with relatively low risk.

    It's certainly better than cash in the bank or trying to pick stocks when you really have no clue.

    Of course, if you are near to retirement, your approach will need to be a bit different and certainly more defensive - but for everyone else, that's a good place to start. You can always diversify and become more specialised as you develop your skills.

    I think LICs are a little more complicated and require a bit more thought - but they are a good second step for those willing to educate themselves without resorting to the risks involved in picking individual stocks.
     
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    my main gripe about novices starting with LICs ( or ETFs) is the trend to buy a big chunk ( for them) in just one or two , not leaving cash to average down , or pick up an opportunity as they are learning their way ( and what they need for their future ).

    i bought ( pseudo-LIC ) SOL ( my third holding bought ) before my first ETF and while a small holding of SOL was a great subscription , it was trying to understand the deeper workings of ETFs that was the education

    and of course it is all much easier once you have at least half a plan to work with .

    the ETF guys don't do themselves any favours with the 'short-cut ' info on what can be a very complex financial instrument ( some LICs are equally guilty , sadly)
     
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    This is where I think some of the index funds (as opposed to ETFs) are actually a better choice because they actually have structures in place to encourage regular monthly investments for DCA.

    As a form of automated savings with regular investments (even better if it comes out of your salary before it hits your bank account - because then you learn to live without it), with dividends reinvested - it's a great way for people to get started with investing.

    For a new investor, setting up a trading account and learning how to buy shares for an ETF or LIC is much more difficult than filling out a managed fund form once and having some money automatically taken out each month.

    Of course, once you've got your trading account set up, it can be easier doing it that way - but it can be daunting for new investors to get started.

    That's why I think low cost index funds are actually a good choice for the very new investors - more so than ETFs and certainly more than LICs.
     
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    index funds never appealed to me for several reasons , but a young reliably employed investor might find them good , i seem to be doing well out of owning shares in the companies providing such funds .

    needing to rush and force my outcome result , probably made such a choice unwise for me anyway