Videos: Fund Manager Q&As

Australian Equities - Andrew Fleming

Deputy Head of Australian Equities, Andrew Fleming, on the current positioning of the Schroder Australian Equities Strategy.


Andrew Fleming

Andrew Fleming

Deputy Head of Australian Equities

  • Share price momentum is at perhaps the most powerful level we have seen in the past couple of decades. Nearly all of this momentum has been concentrated in defensive and financial sectors as falling interest rates have been the overwhelming influence on asset prices in recent years.
  • We remain of the view that current levels of interests rates are both artificial and destructive as they are encouraging speculation and financial leverage over productive investment. History would suggest this will prove unsustainable and significant deleveraging will be required.
  • Valuations through the cycle are always the major driver of our positions, and it is this focus that has cost portfolio performance over more recent periods.

Part 1

Andrew discusses the strong cyclical forces particularly in the defensive part of the market and his expectations for commodity prices given the significant recent declines.

Part 2

Andrew shares our views about a number of key positions in the Schroder Australian Equity Fund, including Resources, Banks, Food Retailing and our expectations for the Fed this week.

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