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The last 6 weeks have seen a continuation of the market roller coaster we seem to have been on all year. In early October, markets rose very strongly, then corrected during the last week, giving back the majority of the gains. Then, in early November as the result of the US election became more certain (sort of), markets again rallied.

And then came the big one. Early this week, on what has been termed Vaccine Monday in financial markets (even though it was Tuesday in Australia), we had news that one of the leading vaccine candidates had better than expected trial results. This led to a huge one day rotation out of recent winners, and into the market laggards who stand to gain the most from a quicker return to normality.

It is being hailed by many as the beginning of the long overdue return of value stocks. We’re not sure that’s right, but if it is, our portfolios stand to benefit from this trend. What is certain, is that investors have finally turned their minds to whether at least some of the valuation difference between the growth darlings and the value dags is overdone. That can only be a good thing.

Next week, we’re holding our first ever live webinar. If you’re interested, we’d love you to join us. We’ll be talking about our funds, profiling some of our key holdings, explaining how we are positioned in what continues to be a very tricky investment environment and of course, answering all your questions. See below for the link to register.

If you’d like to invest with us this month, you’ve got until Wednesday 25 November to apply for the Affluence Investment Fund or Affluence Small Company Fund. Affluence LIC Fund applications must be completed by 30 November. As always, go to our website and click the “Invest Now” button to apply online or download application/withdrawal forms.

If you have any questions, simply reply to this email or give us a call at any time. In the meantime, read on for our monthly fund reports, our key LIC picks for the next 12 months, and other stuff we found interesting.

Daryl and the Affluence Team

Affluence Fund Reports & News

Affluence Investment Fund Webinar

Affluence Investment Fund Report

The Fund returned 1.2% in October. Since commencing in 2014, returns of 7.4% per annum have exceeded the ASX200. Distributions have averaged 6.7% per
annum, paid monthly. See the report for more detail including our top holdings.

AIF Monthly Report

Affluence LIC Fund Report

The Fund returned 2.7% in October. Since commencing in 2016, returns of 10.6% per annum have exceeded the ASX200. Distributions have averaged 7.3% per
annum, paid quarterly. See the report for more detail including our top holdings.

ALF Monthly Report

Affluence Small Company Fund Report

The Fund returned 2.4% in October and has outperformed the ASX Small Ordinaries index by 14.3% over the past year. If you’re a wholesale investor looking for out of favour small cap value, you’re going to find this fund very interesting.

ASF Monthly Report

Negative interest rates

Top Listed Investment Company picks

Last week was the Melbourne Cup and you know what that means. Once again we’ve rummaged through the LIC bargain bin to come up with our best picks for the year ahead. Most have already increased significantly since we wrote this.

View Top LIC Picks

Register for our live Webinar

Affluence Listed Investment Company Guide

Next week, we’re holding our first ever live webinar. We’ll be discussing:

  • How each of our funds are currently positioned.
  • Some of our top fund and LIC holdings.
  • Where we’re seeing opportunities in this market.

It will take no more than an hour and you will of course have the chance to ask questions.

If you would like to register, the link is below. Do it now!   Register Now

Other Interesting Stuff

Chart of the month.

Following on from the good news this week, there are many more vaccines in the pipeline. Results for several promising phase 3 studies will be released in coming weeks/months. That, more than anything else, might determine the market direction in the short term.

This week in (financial) history:

For much of the abbreviated three-hour trading day on 11 November, 1929, investors breathed a sigh of relief, as the market’s recent panic seemed to lift. Until the last hour, volume was light and stocks held steady. Then a tidal wave of selling crashed onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. General Electric and New York Central Railroad hit new lows for the year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished with one of its worst days ever, losing 6.8% and bringing losses from the year’s high to over 40%.

It was to get worse. A lot worse. Despite a strong recovery into early 1930, the index lost over 80% from the 1929 peak, to the trough in 1932. Ouch!


Brain teaser

A girl meets a bull and a bear in the forest. The bull lies every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and the other days he speaks the truth. The bear lies on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and the other days of the week she speaks the truth.

“Yesterday I was lying,” the bull told the girl. “So was I,” said the bear. What day is it?

See below for the answer.

Quote of the month:

“Investors, faced with having to do due diligence remotely, have been sending the lion’s share of any new money to the large diversified asset managers that they already know. But it’s the smaller hedge fund managers that are providing the best returns, according to new research. Hedge fund managers with less assets on average generated returns of 10.6 percent year to date through August. Managers on the opposite side of the spectrum, those with the largest amount of assets, returned 1.3 percent year to date.”

From an Institutional Investor article, quoting recent research by hedge fund allocator PivotalPath. It turns out when it comes to investment management,
that smaller is better.

Video of the month:

Baby Shark, the insanely repetitive kids song, has now notched up over 7 billion views on YouTube and recently became the most-viewed video on the site, marginally ahead of the music video for another classic (not!), Despacito.

This time lapse shows how the 15 most viewed videos on YouTube have changed between 2011 and now. It appears to confirm that YouTube is mostly frequented by a younger audience.

How fit are you really?:

Physical fitness is key to a long life and good health. You can estimate your fitness level by answering a few questions on this website.

It’s a global initiative, backed by the Norwegian University of Science & Technology. And finally:2020, thank goodness it’s almost over…

Astronomy photos

Brain teaser answer:
Thursday. But please don’t ask us to explain why.

Media and Presentations

We recently spoke with Jonathan Shapiro at the AFR about out top LIC picks.

the full article.

We regularly present to investment groups on various topics including our Affluence Funds, how we choose great fund managers, LICs and the investment environment.If you would like to meet with us or have us speak with your investment group, get in touch.

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