11
Apr
2019

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Do we invest in themes?

In recent weeks we have been asked about thematic investing. We never just buy a theme. But we do love investing with strong thematic tailwinds at our backs. What is important for us, however, is that the theme we are buying is under-appreciated by stock prices.

Remember the 3D printing industry which was growing at astronomical rates years ago, many equity investors who simply “bought the theme” lost a lot of money. Why? Because they overpaid for stocks. Said another way, the expectations for 3D printing that were built into many stock prices were simply too optimistic. As these businesses underperformed expectations, their stock prices de-rated significantly.

The cybersecurity thematic

While we like strong tailwinds, is cybersecurity an area that we see having strong tailwinds and an area that we look at? We certainly agree there is a structural thematic and demand for cybersecurity. This topic of cybersecurity is not going away for any company around the world and for any government around the world. So clearly, there’s enormous demand.

Our concern with thinking about cybersecurity businesses and the merits of a potential equity investment in such a business, is that they are effectively black box businesses. How can we evaluate the quality of, or even differentiate between the different types of, cybersecurity offerings?

Furthermore, even if you believe you have identified a good cybersecurity offering, you must remember that this technology may well be going up against nation-states. Can the cybersecurity technology stand up against Chinese intelligence, Russian intelligence, or United States intelligence services? We think it is unlikely. So, there are just a whole lot of unknowables there.

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Montgomery Global Equities Fund (ASX:MOGL)

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Available on the ASX as an Exchange Traded Managed Fund, invests in 15 to 30 quality global businesses for long-term capital growth with a target distribution yield of 4.5% per annum. Mirrors the strategy of the Montgomery Global Fund.
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Montgomery Global Fund

Global
Invests in 15 to 30 quality global businesses for long-term capital growth. Priced daily. Mirrors the strategy of the Montgomery Global Equities Fund (ASX:MOGL).
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The Montgomery Fund

Australia/NZ
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Montgomery Small Companies Fund

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Aims to provide long-term growth by investing in 30 to 50 high quality, undervalued, Australian and NZ small and emerging companies with strong growth potential. Priced daily.
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Montgomery Alpha Plus Fund

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Aims to generate positive returns in both rising and falling markets. Invests in 80 to 180 global businesses expected to deliver above-average returns, while selling short a similar-sized portfolio expected to deliver below-average returns. Priced daily.
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Montaka Global Access Fund

Global
Aims to generate materially higher risk-adjusted returns, net of fees, than is generally available in the equities market over the medium term. Priced monthly. Provides retail investors access to the Montaka Global Fund.
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Montaka Global Fund

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Aims to generate materially higher risk-adjusted returns, net of fees, than is generally available in the equities market over the medium term. By invitation only.