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Stewart Investors manage investment portfolios on behalf of our clients over the long term and have held shares in some companies for over 20 years. They launched their first investment strategy in 1988.

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2020 has been a bumpy ride for many since the Covid-19 outbreak first took hold earlier in the year. Since our last Neutral Asset Allocation (NAA) review, there have been several developments however attention is still dominated by the ongoing pandemic. At least as we near the end of this turbule...
We flex our asset allocation with changing market conditions to stay positioned to deliver on objectives.
Find out how the names of Colonial First State products we manage are changing to reflect our new name - First Sentier Investors.
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Global asset management group focused on providing high quality, long-term investment capabilities to clients. We bring together independent teams of active, specialist investors who share a common commitment to responsible investment principles.
First Sentier Investors is the new name for Colonial First State Global Asset Management. We bring together independent teams of active, specialist investors sharing a common commitment to responsible investment principles. Curious to know more?
Learn how our multi asset fund managers tailor multi asset funds to deliver a return of 4.5%pa above inflation over rolling five year periods before fees and taxes.
Characterised by periods of drought, fire and flood, the Australian climate is becoming drier over the long term. A growing population is almost completely reliant on a single, unpredictable source of water – rainfall. Danny Latham, Partner, Unlisted Infrastructure at First Sentier Investors, exp...
Characterised by periods of drought, fire and flood, the Australian climate is becoming drier over the long term. A growing population is almost completely reliant on a single, unpredictable source of water – rainfall. Danny Latham, Partner, Unlisted Infrastructure at First Sentier Investors, exp...
Diving into asset allocation, Investment Director Richard Rauch explores the challenge of managing multiple, and sometimes conflicting, investment objectives.
Our Multi-Asset Solutions team reflect on the potential for the US election to disrupt markets - and share how they plan to ride out any politically-induced market volatility until the new composition of the White House settles.
Leading global investment manager, Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM) today announced the completion of its sale from Commonwealth Bank of Australia to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
As asset allocators, we look at where there are attractive opportunities. Here our Multi-Asset Solutions team share their outlook for their broad investment universe and where to find the best risk-adjusted returns.
While many investors are moving to a more nuanced understanding of risk, old habits die hard. Some assume that managing a portfolio’s volatility and correlation is enough to ensure proper diversification and an appropriate asset mix, but our multi-asset solutions team believe that assumption is f...
Multi-asset investing provides benefits typically not achievable by investing in a single asset class. In volatile markets it’s increasingly dangerous to rely on one driver of returns, despite history pointing to incidents where this rewarded investors handsomely.
All investors face two main challenges as they approach the end of the accumulation phase of their lives – they have more capital at risk and their investment horizon is always shortening as they get closer to retirement. This is where objective-based investing comes into play.
In our last NAA review published in December 2019, we discussed the impacts on global markets caused by escalating geopolitical tensions. Since then, the US and China agreed upon a Phase One trade deal and the UK general election placed Boris Johnson in power, allowing the UK to officially leave ...
Our Multi-Asset Solutions team look at geopolitical tensions, populism, the fundamentals and how this impacts portfolio positioning across growth and defensive assets as we enter 2020.
Why a flexible investment approach may make all the difference when simply being invested is no longer enough.
Amid rising market volatility and increasing global uncertainty it makes sense for investors to prepare themselves to take a more active approach, which is one of the goals of an objective-based portfolio. But what matters the most once the constraints are removed is to be conscious about not sim...
We consider ESG risks to be factors that may place business value at risk. Companies at risk are identified using both external providers and our own internally driven research, which is based on a systematic and extensive company meeting program.
Leading global investment manager, First Sentier Investors, today announced the completion of its corporate rebrand from First State Investments to First Sentier Investors in all markets ex Australia, effective today. In Australia, the firm has operated as First Sentier Investors since September ...
Contrary to common misconception, value stocks are not low quality stocks. Good value managers target quality value stocks.The recent underperformance of value is driven off a very narrow base of tech-related growth stocks. After accounting for Tesla, NVIDIA, AMD, Apple and Amazon, we show that v...
Video: A lesson in extreme asset allocation
There’s a reasonable chance of achieving your investment objective over the long term by sticking to the plan. Not so fast! Here's why it's time to review your approach to asset allocation with volatile times ahead.
In collaboration with our clients, the multi-asset solutions (MAS) team designs and implements tailored risk-managed multi-asset portfolios. We help our clients achieve their goals through our expertise in the fields of asset allocation, portfolio management, asset/liability management, portfolio...
Over long time frames, we know that strategic asset allocation has served investors well despite taking little to no account of overall investment objectives. However, over short to medium term time frames, this simple approach has often fallen short due to the timing of harmful events. Our Multi...
Podcast: A lesson in extreme asset allocation
It is often the ‘old-school’ print advertising that draws me in. This week, the newsagents are at it again, spruiking lotto tickets for the Powerball: “$150 MILLION JACKPOT.” As a consistent participant in the bigger lotto draws, technology advancements mean that I now also receive all sorts of t...
In this semi-annual note, our Multi-Asset Solutions team share their outlook for various asset classes and the drivers of their positioning for markets ahead.
If “they” are right, then there is virtually never a bad time to be fully invested. The term "volatility” has become a euphemism. What people mean when they say, “markets have experienced some volatility” is that markets have gone down. You never hear a financial commentator bang on about those p...