Thursday, December 18, 2014
In February 2012 Skaffold graced the cover of Money magazine with our Top 5 and Top 50 stocks for 2012. Money readers loved it, and we have been privileged enough to share our Top 5 share tips each year since.
In 2012 we hypothetically invested $50,000 across the Top 5 stocks. In early 2013 we sold the 2012 stocks and reinvested the gains, including the $2,000-odd we received in dividends, into the 2013 stocks. We did the same thing in early 2014.
Had you followed this process, which by the way is methodical and not influenced by human opinion or bias, you’d be sitting on a portfolio worth just under $84,000.
Since inception the process has returned 75 per cent, or 77 per cent if you include franking. Annually, that’s a return of 22 per cent. Mr Warren Buffett would be proud.
Friday, September 05, 2014
S&P announced changes to the ASX 20, ASX 200, ASX 300 and All Australian 50 and 200 today.
The mandates for some fund managers require them to hold a position in companies in one of the indexes. So as soon as a company’s moves into an index, all of a sudden its on the radar of dozens, possibly hundreds, of institutional fund managers controlling a large chunk of Australia’s superannuation pie.
For private investors, the S&P rebalance may represent an opportunity to secure your place in a business (only the best ones, of course), whose market capitalisation could be artificially pushed up by institutional shareholders scurrying to rebalance their portfolios.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Stock broker and market commentator Marcus Padley was kind enough to join us for a recent webinar in which he shared his top investment themes for 2015.
Banks, Retirement, Agriculture and Housing are all on Marcus’ radar, what themes are you watching for 2015?
Monday, July 07, 2014
In 2012 and again in 2013 we picked a portfolio of five top Aussie stocks for Money magazine.
Looking over the portfolios today, there have been hits and misses. But that’s part of investing. Real estate is the same. Not every house/apartment/commercial property goes up in ‘value’.
That’s why we think that 7 out of 10 stock picks, with portfolio returns of 23 per cent and 38 per cent ain’t too bad.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
With confidence in Australia’s building industry at six-year highs, there’s never been a better time to reassess the fortunes of listed stocks significantly exposed to the much-beleaguered construction sector.
If the economic data responsible for driving the construction sector forward is any indicator, the momentum of cautious optimism looks set to continue.
Of the 23 ASX-listed stocks with varying exposure to residential property, just five achieve Skaffold’s preferred A1, A2, B1 and B2 scores for balance sheet quality and business performance. They are Leighton Holdings (LEI), Reece Australia (REH), Finbar Group (FRI), Beacon Lighting Group Ltd (BLX) and Tamawood (TWD).
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Technical and fundamental analysis may be polar opposites when it comes to investing in shares. By combining the two disciplines, you can potentially enhance the timing of your buy and sell decisions, especially within a share market where volatility is the new-norm.
To understand why technical and fundamental analysis can provide a more complete picture of a company and what’s happening on the share market, you need to recognise what each methodology can bring to your decision-making.
You can’t apply a value-investing methodology to stock selection if you don’t know what a company is worth. That’s where fundamental analysis comes in. By analysing historical financial data along with forecast earnings and profit projections, you’re in a better position to predict future company performance and growth.
Technical indicators, which focus on volume and price, try to gauge the direction in which share prices might be heading. This technique can help you time your entry into top quality stocks when they’re most likely to be cheaper.
Monday, March 24, 2014
If you take the 170-odd stocks that Skaffold currents rates as investment grade (A1, A2, B1 and B2) and then filter those with both a positive safety margin – trading at a discount to their intrinsic value – that are also forecast to grow their intrinsic value, we’re left with only a handful of stock to invest in. All things considered, these are the best quality companies that value investors could justifiably contemplate buying at current levels.
However, it’s important to remember that the share market is a constantly moving feast, and that companies can move in and out of investment grade status, as measured by the Skaffold Score, each reporting season due to any number of macro influences and company specific dynamics.
So with that in mind, we decided to go in search of companies that could potentially be knocking on the door of investment grade status if their fortunes continue to improve.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Investing in top stocks – businesses with solid balance sheets, good cash flow, impressive profitability and the capacity to drive future growth – will build a portfolio with an impressive mix of businesses and, over the long run, deliver returns that should outperform the market.
Skaffold interprets a company’s key fundamentals and economic indicators into image-rich visuals, making it easy to spot the best stocks and avoid those with a track record of disappointing shareholders
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Buying top-notch stocks at below their true value is the hallmark of successful value investors.
For the past two years Money magazine has asked Skaffold.com to name the Top 50 undervalued stocks, including five standouts.
Skaffold’s 2013 top stocks produced exceptional results and outperformed the All Ords Accumulation Index, as our 2012 portfolio had done the previous year. Assuming you invested $50,000 equally across the 2012 Top 5 stocks on 10 January 2012, sold on 11 January 2013, then purchased the 2013 Top 5 stocks, and sold on 10 January 2014, your 2 year return, including capital gains and income, would be 21.3% p.a.. Over the same period the All Ords Accumulation Index returned 17.5% p.a.. Skaffold’s Top Stocks outperformed the Index by 3.8% p.a.. That equates to $4,560 more profit in your pocket.
On 6 February 2014 Money magazine will hit the newsstands, unveiling Skaffold’s top stocks for 2014, which for the first time includes global shares.
Until then, here is a rundown on Skaffold’s 2012 and 2013 Money portfolios, and how the stocks stack up in Skaffold today.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In January, for the second consecutive year, Skaffold identified five top stocks for the year. Chosen because of their Skaffold Scores for balance-sheet quality and business performance, value for money, future growth opportunities and attractive yield, the 2013 stocks were property developer Cedar Woods Properties, oil and gas sector services provider Clough, mining services business Decmil Group, travel retailer Flight Centre and coal industry services provider Mastermyne Group.