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Our philosophy is very simple. We are constantly searching for high quality businesses and when we acquire them, we will work relentlessly with them to create long-term sustainable value through innovation, ESG-led and proactive asset management.

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stewart investors manage equity portfolios, on behalf of clients, in asia pacific, emerging markets, global and sustainable investment strategies.
The Global Emerging Markets Sustainability All-Cap strategy invests in 25-60 high-quality emerging markets companies that we consider to be particularly well positioned to contribute to, and benefit from, sustainable development.
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Access a global opportunity set with the on-the-ground research and skill of specialist emerging markets investors.
Investing across the Asia region largest dynamic and fastest growing equities markets for high quality companies that can outperform in the long term.
This has been an unprecedented time which continues to evolve from a markets and Covid-19 perspective. Please tune in to a panel discussion with FSSA’s lead portfolio managers: Alistair Thompson, Director; Martin Lau, Managing Partner andVinay Agarwal, Director.
Check the latest first sentier investors fund price and fund performance, keep track of funds performance and trends to help investment selections.
In the most recent data, Japan’s economy shrank less than forecasted during the first quarter of the year. With the vaccination program on high gear, are we finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel for Japan?
This has been an unprecedented time which continues to evolve from a markets and Covid-19 perspective. Please tune in to a panel discussion with FSSA’s lead portfolio managers: Alistair Thompson, Director; Martin Lau, Managing Partner andVinay Agarwal, Director.
We have written about the spate of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in India and our reasons for staying away from them, for the most part. This time, we want to talk about why new listings are important to keep the market vibrant and to keep the entrepreneurial spirit in the country alive.
Leading global investment manager, first sentier investors (fsi), today announced the outcome of a review of its existing investment capabilities against its strategy.
First state investments (‘first state’) announces the launch of the first state china a shares fund, a sub-fund of its dublin-domiciled ucits fund. the fund is designed to meet the growing demand from investors for exposure to companies in mainland china, through securities listed on the c...
The proposed new national industry body would lead projects on behalf of members, including working together on a national strategy and targets, providing a strong voice with government, and educating consumers about appropriate disposal and recycling.
Japan is among the leading countries for automation – japanese companies make more than 50% of all industrial robots and computer-controlled systems globally. we own companies like keyence, which makes sensors, laser markers and machine vision systems. keyence has delivered excellent capital grow...
The FSSA Investment Management investment approach focuses on identifying high-quality companies with strong management teams, dominant franchises and conservative financials. Additionally, we seek to invest in companies that have high return on invested capital (ROIC), strong and sustainable gro...
FSSA India webcast focus on the India Subcontinent Markets and Asia Pacific equities
Land, Labour, Capital and Entrepreneurship. These are the well-known “Factors of Production” as defined by classical economists. The Entrepreneur (or Company) is the one that combines these factors to earn a profit.
David Allen brings with him more than 20 years of global asset management experience where he specialised in building investment businesses and leading investment teams.
The pandemic has accelerated certain long-term shifts in consumer behaviour, such as using more online orders for everything from clothing to food. The latest battleground appears to be groceries, but the disrupter emerged from a not-so-new technology — WeChat groups.
Trade tensions have continued to rattle the market, as negotiations between China and the US remain mired in strife. The bilateral trade account and the extent of China’s willingness to open up its domestic market are among the primary areas of contention, along with accusations of forced technol...
This letter forms the first in a series designed to introduce and explain our approach to sustainability, and the lessons learned so far. We hope that these reflections, drawing on the team’s combined experience, will provide a useful insight.
With Initial Public Offerings in India consistently oversubscribed and valuations peaking, the team discuss their five largest holdings and why now is not the time to sell.
As with global automotive manufacturers, several Indian automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), Tata Motors and Eicher Motors have recently announced that the shortage of semiconductor supply has impacted their production schedules. T...
Year to date, 34 companies have listed on the Indian exchanges raising a total of USD7.2 billion1, a figure which has been surpassed in India only twice before in the last 12 years on an annual basis. In our Monthly Manager Views in April 2021, we spoke about the initial public offering (IPO) rus...
There is still significant uncertainty around Covid-19 and its potential impact globally. The situation could become worse before it gets better – and no one knows when the bottom will be. So far, China has borne the brunt of the epidemic, with parts of the country in lockdown and business activi...
Fssa investment managers (fssa) are specialists in asia pacific and global emerging markets equity strategies. we operate as an autonomous investment team within first sentier investors with a team of dedicated investment professionals based in hong kong, singapore and edinburgh
As the saying goes, “There are two kinds of forecasters: those who don't know, and those who don't know they don't know.” Recently, we have seen hordes of the latter kind, garbed as analysts, Unicorn founders, freshly-minted CEOs and so-called “experts”, as they engage in modern-day snake oil sal...
A worried client asked us recently, “Will Mr Modi be re-elected, or won’t he? How will the ongoing elections impact the investment case for Indian companies?” We don’t know whether Mr Modi will be re-elected. But we strongly believe that the results of the election will have little bearing on th...
The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, arguably the most important and widely anticipated event in China’s political diary, took place in mid-October.
Given its size and influence, China remains a key investment destination despite ongoing trade disputes and diplomatic tensions with the US and Australia. With a GDP equivalent to around 70% of the United States, many global portfolios continue to feature Chinese equities.
FSSA Investment Managers Asia Pacific webcast: Positioning for Reflation
50x P/E!1 70x P/E! 100x P/E! Valuations that were outrageous just a few years ago are commonly bandied about by most of the investment community these days. But, ask any respected business owner and they would shake their head in disbelief
The slow pace of change in Japan and the meagre improvements made so far have been a difficult pill to swallow for Abenomics supporters.
Our investment philosophy is to back owners and managers with whom we feel strongly aligned. These owners typically have track records of treating all stakeholders fairly, in both good and bad times.
The China equity market includes a myriad of share classes, each with distinct characteristics. ‘Offshore’ Chinese equities are listed on overseas stock exchanges such as New York and Hong Kong and denominated in foreign currencies, while ‘onshore’ Chinese equities are listed on the Shanghai and ...
Over the last few years, valuations have generally become expensive in our universe of quality companies. Valuations reaching these levels remind me of the mistakes I made running into the 2008 crash.
2018 was a challenging year for Japanese equities. While we usually prefer to talk about the companies we own rather than comment on the market or the economy, it was interesting to note that 85% of trades last year was on auto-pilot, controlled by machines, CTAs and quant funds.
In the first three months of this year, 17 new companies have listed on the mainboard exchanges in india, more than in all of 2019 or 2020*. high levels of retail investor participation and continuing inflows for domestic mutual funds have meant that these new issuances have been lapped up by eag...
What are your thoughts on the increasing regulation risk of investing in China? Firstly, regulations are nothing new — it has always been a part of the investment equation. If we look at Hong Kong or Singapore for example, the government would introduce new regulations on the property market from...
China made headlines for watering down coal reduction targets during COP261, but we think the criticism is unfair. The nation’s own targets set by President Xi Jinping last year — for peak emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060 — are still ambitious and noteworthy considering China’s...