– Andrew Macken
To complement Montaka’s summer reading list, we’ve compiled 5 of our most important Monocle articles from 2021. From misunderstood valuation multiples, to winning portfolio construction and investment cultures, and some of our top investment themes. These articles were some of our most read and shared last year – and we believe they hold important lessons for how to navigate the year ahead.
When you look at a multiple, it may seem high at first glance. But it is essential to focus beyond this and understand the underlying business, its growth opportunities and what current market expectations imply. Certainly, a high multiple can be a red flag for overvaluation. However, you cannot draw any real conclusions from that multiple in isolation.
A select set of active managers who run concentrated portfolios and patiently hold their positions have been shown to significantly outperform over the long term. With passive strategies set to be challenged in the next decade, investors need Active investing avenues now more than ever.
Given its opacity and difficulty to understand from an outsider’s perspective, culture is often underrated within investment firms. But at Montaka we believe culture is one of the most vital components in delivering superior long-term investment returns.
In today’s high-gratification world, it is natural for investors to chase these intellectual hits and gravitate towards sources of new themes. The only problem is, it remains far from clear if these new themes are even themes at all.
Of the private market giants, our preferred option is Blackstone, the world’s number one player with $US731 billion of assets under management (AUM) across all asset classes. The company has grown its AUM by 16% per annum for the last decade. It has created a ‘flywheel’ where its success allows it to attract the best talent and best deals, that lead to further success.