The Big Questions as We Begin a New Year

"As you go through life, there are thousands of little forks in the road, and there are a few really big forks – those moments of reckoning, moments of truth."

Lee Iacocca

Our business model has changed

As some of you will be aware, we have recently changed our business model, following an approach from a client who encouraged us to invest directly in listed securities on the back of the same seven megatrends that have formed the backbone of the fund investments we have made for years.

To cut a long story short, it all resulted in the launch of a new investment vehicle, which I cannot mention by name in this context, as it is only open to professional clients as defined by the FCA. If you click here, you can see how the regulator defines the term “professional client”, and whether you qualify as one. Allow me to provide a bit of guidance: if you work in the financial industry, zoom in on COBS 3.5.2 (per se professional clients). If you don’t, zoom in on COBS 3.5.3 (elective professional clients). That will make it a great deal easier.

The January format going forward

As long-term readers will be aware, for years, I have started the January letter with Saxo Bank’s (so-called) Outrageous Predictions. Saxo Bank mixes tail-risk forecasting with a healthy dose of fun; however, our new business model has made me realise it is time to move on.

Going forward, the January letters will continue to be somewhat different from other Absolute Return Letters. Overall, they will set the tone for the year to come, i.e. I will discuss what we, as a team, think will be the most important issues to focus on in the months to come.