Economic, political and sentiment drivers shape portfolio themes and weights.
Basic quantitative screening process to help minimise risk and narrow the prospect list. Fisher Investments' Research Analysts screen any securities with insufficient liquidity or solvency. Securities are further screened based on Fisher Investments' macro views including valuation and/or style. Lastly, an outlier analysis is conducted to identify any stocks with categorisation, pricing, business activities and/or other characteristics outside of the peer group to ensure selected securities best leverage higher level themes.
Prospect list is further narrowed based upon fundamental research. Fundamental analysis includes:
Seek firms with underappreciated competitive or comparative advantages relative to peers.
Identify attributes that best leverage portfolio themes.
Evaluates if the firm’s management has a cohesive executable plan for exploiting its strategic attribute(s).
Examines current valuations relative to peers, historic valuations, and the market.
Operational red flag assessment to identify potential risks unrelated to valuations or day-to-day management.
Fisher Investments Australia offers a variety of Global, Non-US, and US Equity strategies for institutional investors. FIA delegates portfolio management to its parent company, Fisher Investments, a money management firm in the US founded in 1979 by investment guru Ken Fisher. Today, Fisher Investments and its affiliates oversee more than $135 billion* in assets for over 75,000 private clients and 175 institutional clients globally.* Founder Ken Fisher’s “Portfolio Strategy” column for Forbes ran from 1984 through 2016, making him the longest continually running columnist in the magazine’s 90+ year history. He has also authored several New York Times bestsellers on finance and investing. (*As of 9/30/20)
For your reference, Fisher Investments Australasia is an investment manager located in Sydney. The parent company, Fisher Investments, is based in the United States, and manages assets for large institutional clients around the world.