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September saw large cap stocks regaining some ground as the bluechip SMI index advanced 1.4% during the month, outperforming the SPI Extra Index, which fell 2.4%.
The current market environment continues to be characterised by an outperforming pharmaceutical sector and the market’s negative sentiment towards industrial stocks has persisted, though September saw a slight recovery in European “value” investment indices that was largely driven by a rising oil price and a consequent recovery in the energy sector.
In this interview published in Citywire Selector, Philip Best and Marc Saint John Webb discuss the tricks and pitfalls of investing in European micro-caps.
In this interview published in Fund Selector Asia, our CEO Jean Keller explains how concerns about family-owned companies tend to be distorted and how data shows they outperform their non-family counterparts.
In this video published on Fund Selector Asia, our CEO Jean Keller discusses QUAERO CAPITAL’s value investing strategy that targets family-owned small caps in Europe.
Can you explain the strategy? What sets you apart from other managers in this space?
At QUAERO CAPITAL we believe that the best returns are often to be found in the companies that are the least well-followed. In spite of the fact that there are only 247 shares quoted on the SIX exchange, there are over 60 companies where there is no research coverage. Many of these companies are small and liquidity problems can deter larger fund managers. QUAERO CAPITAL can use its size to our advantage and invest in companies where others cannot.
Following company visits and new attractive prices, we have invested in three Swiss stocks for our European Small Companies strategy: Composite materials specialist Gurit, private bank EFG International and high precision machining company Tornos. With a total of 69 holdings, we will now be pruning smaller positions in coming months.