Magellan Global Quarterly Update – April 2024

Nikki Thomas and Arvid Streimann discuss key themes impacting the markets and providing opportunities for investors. Arvid discusses his recent trip to Washington which provided valuable insights into the future growth of AI innovation and adoption. Nikki touches on her future trip to China and how understanding the interplay between China and other economies is essential for businesses operating within China or competing against it in various sectors.

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Mastering the world of payments

The electronic financial transactions sector is experiencing continuous growth, with advancements in
personalisation, the gig economy, and fraud prevention. Magellan has been a long-term investor in Mastercard, a leading global payment network, driving the digitisation of payments for over 14 years. In a recent podcast, Devin Corr, Head of Investor Relations at Mastercard and Magellan Portfolio Manager, Elisa Di Marco sat down to discuss Mastercard’s competitive advantages and innovations in payments.

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Business Quality Matters

In the future, when you wake up your hot coffee will be ready, the fridge will have ordered your groceries and a drone will already have delivered them to you that morning. This might seem like science fiction, but it’s a reality well underway to being created by some of the world’s highest-quality businesses such as Alphabet, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft.

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Magellan Q1 2024 Macro Outlook

We expect that some volatility in markets may accompany us over the next few months as share prices continue to adapt to the evolving interest rate environment and reshaping of economic growth. Volatility isn’t inherently risky. We work diligently to assess the real risks that face our portfolio companies and will continue to hold the line on our absolute return objective. We thank you for the trust you place in us.

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An introduction to utilities

Regulated utilities are known for their ability to generate predictable returns regardless of market conditions. For this reason, we often describe utility stocks as the ‘lead in the keel’ of our infrastructure portfolios. They allow us to navigate volatile global equity markets with confidence.

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Investing in Rail

Railroads provide a basic, but critical role for any developed society – they facilitate the
connection between producers and consumers of essential goods and support a large section
of the economy. The North American rail industry represents one of the world’s oldest and
largest collections of transport infrastructure.

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Investing in Toll Roads

While we tend to think of toll roads as a recent phenomenon, they have been around for
thousands of years. Toll roads today are a popular way for cash-strapped governments
to raise money and improve the quality of, and reduce the congestion on road networks.
Given the huge capital costs (toll roads often cost billions of dollars to build), for most
investors the listed market is the only way to gain access to these assets.

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