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Specialist in Asia Pacific, Japan, China, India and South East Asia and Global Emerging Market equities.

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Our philosophy is very simple. We are constantly searching for high quality businesses and when we acquire them, we will work relentlessly with them to create long-term sustainable value through innovation, ESG-led and proactive asset management.

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At Stewart Investors, we believe in putting people first. Our investment world-view is of a series of partnerships – with each other, with our clients, with the companies we invest in, the people who buy their goods and services, and with the wider society in which we all live and work.

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We have just returned from india — the first investment research trip in india for our entire team in over two years. it was a liberating break from constantly hearing “you’re on mute!” on video calls whilst simultaneously being forced to appreciate your kids’ music lessons in the a...
Our investment philosophy is to back owners and managers with whom we feel strongly aligned. these owners typically have track records of treating all stakeholders fairly, in both good and bad times. they are ambitious in growing their business, but also risk-aware in their pursuit of growth....
We have written about the spate of initial public offerings (ipos) in india and our reasons for staying away from them, for the most part. this time, we want to talk about why new listings are important to keep the market vibrant and to keep the entrepreneurial spirit in the country alive....
The most attractive point about india is that there are about 6,000 listed companies across a diverse range of sectors. that gives us the opportunity to invest in high quality businesses across a range of industries. this is unlike some other emerging markets where investors might find the...
Every company we speak to these days tells us about the cost pressure that they are facing, emanating from rising global commodity prices. domestic steel prices have risen by 35% y/y, copper by over 50% y/y and palm oil by over 60% y/y through february 2021. indian corporates are being for...
Land, Labour, Capital and Entrepreneurship. These are the well-known “Factors of Production” as defined by classical economists. The Entrepreneur (or Company) is the one that combines these factors to earn a profit. However, in our view, each of these factors has been overly exploited over the pa...
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Learn about investing in global emerging market equities with fssa im. our gem funds invest in high quality companies that outperform over the long term.
50x p/e!1 70x p/e! 100x p/e! valuations that were outrageous just a few years ago are commonly bandied about by most of the investment community these days. but, ask any respected business owner and they would shake their head in disbelief. the difference in perspective is critical. the entrepren...
As bottom-up investors, the fssa team carry out well over 1,500 meetings each year to assess company managements’ capabilities and the underlying strength of the franchises they run. these monthly manager views are based on the team’s discussions with company management and the in-depth an...
We had entered the meeting with a leading air-conditioner company in our portfolio worried about the risks to its growth and profitability, as the second wave of Covid-19 affected consumer demand and raw material costs rose sharply. But the company’s CEO told us about the acceptance of increased ...
As bottom-up investors, the fssa team carry out well over 1,500 meetings each year to assess company managements’ capabilities and the underlying strength of the franchises they run. these monthly manager views are based on the team’s discussions with company management and the in-depth an...
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...
Learn about investing in asia pacific equities with fssa im today. our apac funds invest in high quality companies that outperform over the long term.
Mutations, it would seem, are not unique to the virus. starting with some housekeeping, we always end our letters seeking feedback from our regular readers. two common points we have received is that our letters are generally too long and the semi-annual schedule we have adhered to in the past is...
Learn about investing in the world's fastest-growing markets with fssa investment managers. we invest in high quality equities that outperform over the long term.
fssa india webcast focus on the india subcontinent markets and asia pacific equities
As with global automotive manufacturers, several indian automotive original equipment manufacturers (oems) including maruti suzuki, mahindra & mahindra (m&m), tata motors and eicher motors have recently announced that the shortage of semiconductor supply has impacted their production sched...
As many economies have bounced back from the worst of the pandemic, concerns about central banks, the rate of money-printing and inflation have returned. Markets have responded to the arrival of better times by selling off bonds and bond-like equities. The stocks that benefited most from lower di...
Despite china being the first country to face the challenges of covid, early optimism around its control over the virus seems to have waned. as chinese cities and provinces continue to battle against new variants and local surges, consumer spending is down and the economy is starting to slow. on ...
Strategists often argue that Japan is perhaps the most cyclical market amongst the major global economies, with profits highly correlated to global trade. We disagree. It is true that many of the large index constituents are companies with high overseas exposure or are highly sensitive to forex f...
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 ...
In almost every meeting that we have with management teams, we will ask about incentivisation. In our view, it is an important question and the answer can be highly revealing about an organisation’s culture and behaviour. While it can be easy to be deceived by articulate CEOs talking up a big gam...
In 2020, one group of companies has done particularly well – the popular digital technology companies focused on e-commerce, delivery and entertainment, to name a few industries. In emerging markets, they dominate the Chinese market; but they can also be found in Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Eu...
Since our last update, global markets have not been short of action and the manic behaviour characterising today’s markets has taken investors on another rollercoaster ride. While not quite comparable to the market movements seen during the dark days of March 2020, the recent correction — especia...
First state stewart asia believe the best companies can typically be found among the leading consumer, financial or industrial companies in the less developed parts of the world. here the team reflect on some investments made in emerging markets, including india, brazil, south africa, russ...
An overview of the Asian Equity Plus and Asia Pacific Small-Caps strategies in August 2020.
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...
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 in our opinion things have seldom been better for investors. Optimism has served us well, as the money-printing presses have rolled to counter the “unpre...
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...