Bell Potter LIC Weekly: Macroeconomic activity and two equity LICs to watch

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A sustained economic recovery is starting to occur, with Australian GDP rising 3.1% in seasonally adjusted chain volume measures over the quarter, generally supported by COVID-19 restrictions easing in Victoria, which resulted in state specific household consumption rising by 10.4%. The consecutive positive result for the economy is also reflected in through the year results, which improved from  -3.7% to -1.1%. The terms of trade (ratio of export prices to import prices) rose 4.7% off the back of higher export prices, and in particular iron ore. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also held the official cash rate at 10bps, opting for unconventional monetary policy though a $200bn bond purchase program designed to further stimulate economic activity. The announcement of $4bn daily state government bond purchases on March 1st helped retract the increasing yield on 10-year Australian government bonds, which decreased to 1.67% following the news. Yields had reached 1.92% on February 26th when bonds were sold off.

Tribeca Global Natural Resources Limited (TGF) remains well placed with commodities looking relatively attractive. The investment portfolio is well-rounded with exposure to precious metals, battery metals and diversified mining. The Manager’s core belief is that through the cycle, the actively managed, long-short approach to the sector will generate superior risk adjusted returns versus indices, ETFs, commodities and equities. Net exposure was ~120% as at 31 January 2021. WAM Leaders Limited (WLE) held an active weight of 6.9% and 0.8% for Financials and Materials respectively, as at 31 January 2021. Financials may be beneficiaries of a steeping yield curve through the inherent borrow short, lend long model, on which a net interest margin is achieved. Cash flows are also consistent through time, as opposed to Technology and Health Care, where profits are generally further out in the future and become less valuable in present day terms (continued in report).

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About Hayden Nicholson

Hayden Nicholson is an ETF/LIC Specialist at Bell Potter Securities. Hayden provides comprehensive coverage of the ETF and LIC sectors, producing a range of highly regarded reports covering investment fundamentals, asset class structure and cost, and the role of managed investments in portfolios.

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