167. Backing the world’s most famous investor

Ben Wallace, co-manager of Janus Henderson Absolute Return fund, talks about his investment in Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway – and how the sum of the parts is worth more than the value of the group. He discusses the areas where the fund is long (looking for share prices to rise) and where it is short (looking for share prices to fall). And if he could wave a magic wand, he tells us he’d wish for a little more volatility, slightly higher bond yields and interest rates, and for the UK not to be the worst performing stock market again next year…
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Janus Henderson Absolute Return is a long/short equity fund with a UK bias, that aims to deliver a positive absolute return over rolling 12-month periods. The managers look to identify stocks that will either exceed or fall short of analysts’ expectations and construct a portfolio of both long (profit when the share price goes up) and short (profit when the share price goes down) positions. There are limits on the overall market exposure, which serves to reduce the volatility of the fund.

What’s covered in this podcast:

  • How the managers have used the flexibility to invest globally
  • What index derivatives are and why the managers are short them
  • The fund’s investment in Berkshire Hathaway – the company owned by legendary investor Warren Buffet
  • The type of environment in which the fund does best
  • The market the manager is optimistic about and the one area he has concerns
  • How the managers are balancing the growth vs value debate
  • What it will take for investors to like UK equities again
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