As Hearts and Minds LIC Gets Going, Fund Managers Rise In Stature

To proclaim themselves as the market’s sharpest minds and index-beating returns are delivered in disobedience of a dipping equity market, a new generation of fund managers are inclined on bold involvement and finely tuned ideas.

On Friday, Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference in Melbourne extends to the third Sohn Australia, which has underpinned a listed investment company and celebrates managers’ best ideas that puts those within the reach of any investor.

Hearts and Minds Investments Limited closed at $2.54 above its $2.50-a-share offer price on Thursday and raised $500 million. It is backed by some of Australia’s most prominent philanthropists and wealthy investors. For their investment skill, the LIC will support Australian medical research in perpetuity because the underlying managers declined to charge fees.

The chairman of the LIC who is known for his role in building into one of Australia’s largest institutional managers Colonial First State Chris Cuffe said, ‘pitching their own ideas you get a dozen hand-picked fund managers and he doesn’t think they take it lightly.’

If you really want to network, it’s a who’s who of the investment world. Providing strong investment ideas, the Hearts and Minds conference has a track record.

Stating the top pick as tech darling Appen, which went on to shake the ASX before correcting in the growth trip, at the 2017 event held in November in Sydney said Phil King Chief investment officer of Regal Funds Management.

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The machine learning company at the time was trading at $5.69 a share. A year later with an increase of 96.31 percent it is trading at $11.17 a share. As of the August performance rule-off, Mr. King’s idea was the second-best rewarding pick from the 2017 event.

Other strong investment picks from 2017’s conference which in the 10 months following the conference, included media holding company InterActiveCorp which grew 77 per cent over the same period pitched by Angelo Martorell, and US-based mobile food-ordering company GrubHub, grew 130 percent.

To hear some of the best ideas in the investment community Sohn was a great opportunity Mr. Wilson said, who is also on the Hearts and Minds Investments board. With approximately 25 local and internationally listed securities, the ideas presented at the conference will be used by the listed investment company, based on input from two separate groups.

Based on the quarterly recommendations of five leading fund managers will be the 60 percent of the portfolio and based on fund managers presenting at the conference on their annual recommendations will be the remaining 40 percent of the portfolio.


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