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How to Invest Like Warren Buffett

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“I think stocks are ridiculously cheap if you believe interest rates will remain at their low levels.” Warren Buffett A portfolio of Australian stocks yields a dividend income return of 7.5%. Property investment in a home or apartment yields a net rental income of around 2.0%. A 10-year Australian government bond yields 1.0%. “Stocks are ridiculously cheap” when compared to property and bond investments. The question then becomes, will stock prices rise to better equate their returns to

Where to invest for income

A portfolio of Australian stocks with us yields a dividend income return of 7.5%. Capital growth is on top of that. A stock exchange listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) portfolio yields 6.0%, plus capital growth. REITs invest in major shopping centres, office buildings and industrial parks. Direct property investment in homes and apartments provide a net rental income yield of around 2.0%, plus capital growth. Interest only investments rates range from 0.1% for “at call” bank deposits, to 0.6% for 1-3 year bank term deposits,

Direct Stocks v Managed Funds

What are the advantages and disadvantages of direct stocks versus managed funds? Performance Direct stock ownership allows you to focus on the stocks which you believe offer the best potential returns. If you are right you will outperform the market. Studies show that 92% of managed funds underperform the market, due to their size and high fees. " Size is the enemy of performance." Warren Buffett Transparency With a directly owned stock portfolio you know exactly what you own and

Three vital questions to ask before buying a stock

There are three "high conviction" questions you need to ask before buying a stock: 1. Is this stock a better buy than adding to my existing holdings? 2. Would I sell some of my portfolio to invest in this stock? 3. Would I be prepared to invest a sizeable part of my wealth in this stock for the next 10 years? If you can answer in the affirmative then the stock is a worthwhile addition to your portfolio. Opportunities to

What does it mean to be Value-Focused and Risk-Adverse

Value-Focused means we will only buy stocks we consider are reasonably priced relative to our assessment of their intrinsic, true or real value. Risk-Adverse means we will not buy stocks that we assess as overpriced, even if market sentiment favours them going higher (as happens in bull markets). We do not speculate or take foolish risks.

Property Investment

We are experts, with decades of experience working with our high net worth clients in real estate investment. Real estate is one of the safest places to put your money. It never goes completely bust like a business can. Its growth of rental income and property value is driven by population growth, inflation and increasing affluence. There are two ways to invest in property in Australia. 1. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) A Real Estate Investment Trust is a portfolio of

What is Intrinsic Value?

There is an objective, determinable value for any investment, which is independent of the stock market. This is known as its intrinsic, real or true value, and is defined as “the discounted present value of all the cash that can be taken out of a business during its remaining life”. This universal value formula is applied to valuing bonds (government or corporate debt issues), when sold in the market before their maturity date. The formula actually applies to all investments

Get your money’s worth

The real question when you buy a stock is – “Am I getting my money’s worth?” This is one of Warren Buffett's key principles. It focuses the decision making on the real issue of the value of the business being bought, and away from trying to guess what might happen in the market. It is unwise to pass up something that’s attractively priced today on the chance it may be more attractive tomorrow. That might happen, however the future is

Why Invest in Australia

Australia has vast mineral wealth, high living standards, rapid population growth, a stable Western democracy, the rule of law, a AAA credit rating, and is one of the world's preeminent investment destinations.  Australia is the world’s 14th largest economy one of the world's largest stock markets, with the sixth largest pool of funds under management in the world rated AAA with a stable outlook by all three global rating agencies, characterised by a government budget surplus and low debt forecast to

Investment Risk

All investments carry risk, be they stocks (business failure), property (buildings depreciate, land can become degraded), or government bonds (inflation, low interest rates). In addition stocks and property are subject to market fluctuations which can be sharp, large and unpredictable. This is a fact of life, to be accepted as such if you are to invest in stocks and property.  Market fluctuations can also be an opportunity if you have money available. "We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy

Investment advice, fees & bias

Warren Buffett gives the best advice on investment advisors, fees and bias: “The question of finding investment advisers is a hard one. Most advisers are far better at generating high fees than they are at generating high returns. In truth, their core competence is salesmanship.”  Warren Buffett  “Money managers purposely work at manipulating numbers and deceiving investors. They’re selling the fund of fund stuff – it’s really unbelievable, piling on the layers of costs. But if they are good at marketing they don’t need

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