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Learn about investing in japanese equities with fssa im today. our japan funds invest in high quality companies with potential to outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in asian equities with fssa investment managers today. our asia funds invest in high quality companies with potential to outperform over the long term.
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?
Learn about investing in global emerging market equities with fssa im. our gem funds invest in high quality companies with potential to outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in the world's fastest-growing markets with fssa investment managers. we invest in high quality equities that can outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in asia pacific equities with fssa im today. our apac funds invest in high quality companies with potential to outperform over the long term.
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 sustaina...
Learn about investing in indian equities with fssa im today. our india funds invest in high quality companies with potential to outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in greater china equities with fssa im today. our china funds invest in high quality companies with potential to outperform over the long term.
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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 excellen...
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about japan? strategists often argue that japan is perhaps the most cyclical market amongst the major global economies, with profits highly correlated to global trade.
Despite the perception that there is little or no growth in japan, our core portfolio holdings in the fssa japan equity fund have been able to adapt and grow despite economic headwinds, and have delivered sustainable earnings growth and attractive shareholder returns. in this...
At fssa, we seek to invest in quality companies, as defined by the strength of their management, financials and franchise. our investment approach remains the same, irrespective of which market we look at. however, japanese management philosophy is quite different to the western sty...
In our last client update in February 2021, we discussed the reasons we resisted the temptation to switch into pure cyclicals and so-called “value” stocks1 — even though we had anticipated a sector rotation in the market (the TOPIX subsequently peaked in March 2021).
Despite the perception that there is little or no growth in japan, our core portfolio holdings in the fssa japan equity fund have been able to adapt and grow despite economic headwinds, and have delivered sustainable earnings growth and attractive shareholder returns. throu...
Over the past six months, global equity markets have remained weighed down by uncertainty. meanwhile, in japan, prime minister abe’s announcement that consumption tax is set to rise from 8% to 10% this october has escalated fears of a pending recession.
Looking back over 2020, a challenging year for many reasons, there were two key investment decisions that helped the performance of the fssa japan equity strategy. firstly, in the early days of the pandemic we started to identify companies that might benefit from the acceleration of...
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...
Despite the perception that there is little or no growth in japan, our core portfolio holdings in the fssa japan equity fund have been able to adapt and grow despite economic headwinds, and have delivered sustainable earnings growth and attractive shareholder returns. throu...
The japan equity market underwent significant volatility in the first quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about its impact on the global economy. the sell-off was indiscriminate and across all sectors, with little differentiation between the higher quality, well-managed co...
The slow pace of change in japan and the meagre improvements made so far have been a difficult pill to swallow for abenomics supporters.
fssa investment managers asia pacific webcast: positioning for reflation
At fssa, we seek to invest in quality companies, as defined by the strength of their management, financials and franchise. our investment approach remains the same, irrespective of which market we look at. however, japanese management philosophy is quite different to the western sty...
At fssa, we seek to invest in quality companies, as defined by the strength of their management, financials and franchise. our investment approach remains the same, irrespective of which market we look at. however, japanese management philosophy is quite different to the western sty...
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.
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...
2020 was indeed a very special year. The whole world was in a recession, due to the pandemic and strict lockdown measures imposed by governments all over the world. Yet, at the same time, all asset classes, including equities, had a very good year in terms of returns. This was due to the monetary...
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.
In boom times like today, when cash costs nothing and capitalisation rates are zero, everybody is focused on growth and the future. Revenue is vanity in the sense that entrepreneurs, thank goodness, dare to dream and build businesses. We too, spend much of our time looking for the next opportunit...
In our last client update, written through the depths of Covid-despair, we observed that real life and the world of markets are seldom so intimately entwined. With markets swinging violently to the downside on a riptide of fear, it was clear even then that activity was being driven by short-term ...
2021 will be a year of recovery. This is not surprising given last year’s economic downturn. If vaccines are being rolled out gradually during the year, we believe the economy will recover, especially those sectors that have been hit hard like travel. Hong Kong’s travel sector declined by 99.9% l...
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 ...
Though Covid hasn’t yet finished with us, the markets have finished with Covid. In real life, there is still plenty of misery to go around, but things have seldom been better for investors. Optimism has served us well, as the money printing presses have rolled to counter the “unprecedented” threa...
Each year around the Lunar New Year, factories in China switch off production and close up shop for the Spring Festival period. Factory workers who had left their rural hometowns in search of better wages in cities travel home en masse for the celebrations. With three billion trips expected to be...
Modern life seems characterised by extremes, with division and discord the defining features. But, we are living in revolutionary times. Sweeping technological change impacts everything, everywhere. It is an age of accelerated disruption.
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 ...
There were a number of structural trends leading up to the Covid pandemic that were all very well understood. And the pandemic has given rise to some newer emerging trends. And what is central to the majority of these trends is the rapid advancement and continued adoption of technology which is d...
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.
All of us have been brutally confronted by a new reality in the last few months. It has certainly been crude, with financial markets swinging around on a riptide of greed and fear, as we the participants have vacillated between elation and despair. It is not surprising. Life and the world of mark...
This is the third investor letter for the fssa global emerging markets focus strategy since its launch in november 2017. in this letter, we will discuss our investment approach, process, strategy, positioning, and other matters we think are relevant to investors. as always, should you have...
Global Listed Infrastructure climbed in May as investors anticipated rising economic activity levels. March quarter earnings results were accompanied by generally positive outlook commentary. The FTSE Global Core Infrastructure 50/50 index gained +6.3%, while the MSCI World index^ rose +7.0%.
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...
It was John Templeton who famously skewered that old bull market hubris: “It’s different this time,” as the four most expensive words in the history of investment.
Although financial types everywhere seem to believe that things are absolutely dire, world-ending and the sky is about to fall on our heads, most of humanity have better lives now than in all of history. That is certainly so in the developed world. Prosperity, in our time, has yet again been unde...
It was recently the 10th anniversary of Lehman’s collapse; and in Hong Kong, warning signal ‘Typhoon No. 10’ had been hoisted, as the biggest hurricane-strength storm in recent history battered its way through the territory.
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.