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Orbis: President’s letter 2023

By Adam R. Karr on 01 Feb 2024

Reading time: 19 mins

In his annual president’s letter, Adam R. Karr, from our offshore partner, Orbis, discusses the performance of the Orbis Strategies during 2023, looks back a...

Insights categories - Offshore investing

Regime change and the rise of the stockpicker

By Alec Cutler on 11 Apr 2023

Viewing time: 4 mins

Alec Cutler chats to Bloomberg’s Merryn Somerset Webb about the impact of central bank and government intervention, the future of inflation and why being a...

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Orbis: President’s letter 2022

By Adam R. Karr on 31 Jan 2023

Reading time: 12 mins

In his president’s letter, Adam Karr, from our offshore partner, Orbis, reflects on the actions that he and the team took during 2022 to ensure they delivere...

Insights categories - Local investing

The evolving role of balanced funds

By Tamryn Lamb on 31 Jan 2023

Reading time: 12 mins

Tamryn Lamb looks at the important role balanced funds have played in your portfolio over time, the returns they have generated and the variability of these...

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Solving the diversification dilemma

By Matthew Spencer on 28 Jun 2022

Viewing time: 5 mins

"Don’t put all your eggs in one basket" is a phrase familiar to many of us, and when it comes to investing and minimising risk, it is quite a sensible...

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Orbis: President’s letter 2021

By Adam R. Karr on 27 Jan 2022

Reading time: 15 mins

In his inaugural president’s letter, Adam Karr, from our offshore partner, Orbis, shares some thoughts about himself, the path forward for Orbis, the market...

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Orbis: Our perspective on developed market bond yields

By Mark Dunley-Owen on 11 Oct 2021

Reading time: 4 mins

Bonds are typically included in an investment portfolio to provide diversification and deliver yield. Developed market bonds are currently offering much lowe...

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In pursuit of value

By Jacques Plaut on 26 May 2021

Reading time: 10 mins

The current disparity in markets, both locally and offshore, is creating an opportunity for bottom-up investors like ourselves to generate meaningful returns...

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Beyond the froth: Orbis’ contrarian case for Comcast

By Harish Karhade on 20 May 2021

Reading time: 1 min

Like finding a really good coffee, finding a good long-term investment opportunity is not always easy. A coffee that looks delicious may taste foul, and ther...

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Ballot underway for Allan Gray-Orbis Global Fund of Funds

By Tamryn Lamb on 10 Mar 2021

Reading time: 7 mins

There is currently a ballot underway for the Allan Gray-Orbis Global Fund of Funds (“the Fund”) which proposes changes to the Fund’s structure, name and...

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Podcast: A candid conversation with Orbis' Adam Karr

By Adam R. Karr on 09 Mar 2021

Listening time: 1 hr 15 mins

Taking a long-term, contrarian approach has influenced every aspect of how we invest and do business at Orbis and Allan Gray. From the way the firms are...

Insights categories - Local investing

Balanced Fund: Perspectives and positioning

By Tim Acker on 10 Feb 2021

Viewing time: 45 mins

In a recent webinar, Portfolio Manager Tim Acker discussed the investment environment and looked at how the Allan Gray Balanced Fund is positioned to take...

Insights categories - Local investing

Balanced Fund: Optionality, the most unappreciated asset

By Tim Acker on 10 Feb 2021

Reading time: 5 mins

One of the most unappreciated assets in a portfolio is optionality – the ability to take advantage of market disparity and to move between and within asset...

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Orbis: President's letter 2020

By William Gray on 27 Jan 2021

Reading time: 7 mins

In his annual president's letter, William Gray, from our offshore partner, Orbis, reflects on a difficult year and reaffirms his conviction in the team's...

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The uncertainty spectrum

By on 06 Aug 2020

Reading time: 1 min

Wildfires in Australia, mass protests in the US, a global pandemic. These are just some of the events that have roiled markets this year, leaving investors...

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Equity Fund update: In pursuit of potential

By Duncan Artus on 03 Aug 2020

Reading time: 9 mins

The most important determinant of investment success is the price you pay for an asset, and valuations for many quality companies are the cheapest they have...

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Orbis: The importance of preparation

By William Gray on 06 May 2020

Reading time: 1 min

In this six-minute video, Orbis' president and head of the investment team, William Gray, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the firm and the importance of...

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Will growth stocks beat value stocks forever?

By Graeme Shaw on 24 Apr 2020

Reading time: 1 min

Markets move up and down and investment styles move in and out of favour. With value investing being on the wrong side of the trend for around 12 years,...

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Orbis: Performance and positioning during COVID-19

By Radhesen Naidoo on 17 Apr 2020

Reading time: 9 mins

There has been little else to talk about as COVID-19 dominates world headlines. Globally, everyone is trying to evaluate the real impact the pandemic will ha...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

COVID-19: Evaluating market risk versus opportunity

By Duncan Artus on 25 Mar 2020

Viewing time: 1 min

We have managed our portfolios through a range of different crises since 1974. Over the last 20 years, the dotcom collapse in 2001/02, the global financial...

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The money bubble

By Claire Gallagher on 12 Feb 2020

Viewing time: 1 min

There’s something magical about bubbles. Formed of water, soap and a breath of air they seem incredible. In financial markets, bubbles are a lot less revered...

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Orbis: Well positioned for the challenges that lie ahead

By William Gray on 29 Jan 2020

Reading time: 5 mins

In his annual president’s letter, William Gray, from our offshore partner, Orbis, pays tribute to his father and reviews Orbis’ performance and prospects.

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Orbis’ improved fee structure: Highlights and FAQ

By Tamryn Lamb on 29 Jan 2020

Reading time: 9 mins

Our offshore partner, Orbis, is improving its fee structure. We intend to implement these changes on 14 May 2020.

Insights categories - Local investing

How to invest in challenging times

By Ruan Stander on 22 Jan 2020

Reading time: 4 mins

A braai over the weekend inevitably reminds us of the significant challenges our country faces – there is lots of negative news to talk about.

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Obituary: Saying goodbye to our founder

By Jonathan Brodie on 12 Nov 2019

Reading time: 5 mins

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Allan William Buchanan Gray. He died of natural causes on 10 November 2019 in Bermuda, where h...

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Are you comfortable swimming against the tide?

By Radhesen Naidoo on 28 Oct 2019

Reading time: 7 mins

Allan Gray and our offshore partner, Orbis, describe our shared investment approach as “contrarian”. “Contrarian” is usually defined as “opposing or rejectin...

Insights categories - Local investing

The year of payback

By Duncan Artus on 15 Feb 2019

Reading time: 4 mins

Excess returns from the FTSE/JSE All Share Index (ALSI) relative to cash have disappointed over the last five years, with cash now outperforming, on average....

Insights categories - Local investing

The upside of down markets

By Andrew Lapping on 11 Jan 2019

Reading time: 7 mins

2018 was not a good year for investors with price declines in many asset classes. The FTSE/JSE All Share Index (ALSI) fell 8.5% in 2018, or 21% when measured...

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The role of currency when investing offshore

By Dan Brocklebank on 09 Nov 2018

Viewing time: 2 mins 30 seconds

If you buy a share in your local market, assessing your performance is easy. If the price goes up, you make money. If you buy shares in other markets, howeve...

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Orbis: Think like a business owner

By Rob Perrone on 02 Nov 2018

Reading time: 5 mins

Say you own a small stake in a company. Every day, one of your partners tells you what he thinks the business is worth, and he offers to buy your stake or se...

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What is a good offshore strategy?

By Dan Brocklebank and Tamryn Lamb on 23 Oct 2018

Viewing time: 1 min

Novice and experienced investors often ask the same question time and again: When is the best time to invest offshore?

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Offshore investing: Not a popularity contest

By Dan Brocklebank on 10 Aug 2018

Reading time: 3 mins

There is no such thing as a ‘popular investment opportunity’. If it’s popular, then that popularity will already be reflected in the price you have to pay. A...

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Tech stocks: Is history repeating itself?

By Ben Preston on 20 Jul 2017

Reading time: 8 mins

To cut through the suspense, let me admit up front that I’m not going to answer the question directly: we don’t find it productive to spend a lot of time...

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Key buckets of opportunities

By Tamryn Lamb on 29 Jun 2017

Viewing time: 1 min

In our search for undervalued assets we have found companies that fit into five categories...

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How to pick offshore investments for long-term wealth creation

By Matthew Spencer on 19 Jun 2017

Reading time: 7 mins

Living in South Africa, or even as a South African living abroad, it’s easy to become completely sucked into the news about our country...

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Orbis: Two myths about emerging market equities

By Graeme Shaw on 15 Jun 2017

Reading time: 6 mins

At the end of 2015, emerging market (EM) shares had meaningfully underperformed developed market (DM) shares over the previous five years...

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Beware the siren song of growth

By Dan Brocklebank on 03 Mar 2017

Reading time: 5 mins

Growth has an almost irresistible allure for investors. Whether it’s a rapidly growing economy, a start-up with a hot new product, or a new industry that...

Insights categories - Local investing

Keep calm and carry on investing

By Andrew Lapping on 17 Jan 2017

Reading time: 5 mins

The past 12 months seem to have passed particularly swiftly, maybe because fundamentally very little changed. Interestingly, the light in which investors vie...

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Protect your buying power by investing offshore

By Richard Carter on 30 Dec 2016

Listening time: 14 mins

We are all fixated on the rand-dollar exchange rate and what it will do next, but does it really affect our day-to-day? And what can you do about it? Listen ...

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Orbis: We welcome the rise of passive investing

By Ben Preston and Rob Perrone on 11 Nov 2016

Reading time: 6 mins

The Wall Street Journal ran a series this month commemorating the rise of passive investing. The articles make ‘the case for the triumph of passive’, calling...

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Orbis: Not just looking for cheap stocks

By Jeremie Teboul on 07 Oct 2016

Reading time: 5 mins

Our investment approach, which we share with our offshore partner Orbis, is sometimes characterised as ‘looking for cheap stocks’. Jeremie Teboul from Orbis...

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Playing a loser's game

By William Gray on 31 Mar 2016

Reading time: 7 mins

The loser’s game isn’t especially fun to play, but it is a winning strategy for those who have the discipline and the patience for it. William Gray, from our...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

What do low global bond yields mean for South African investors?

By Ian Liddle on 28 Jan 2015

Reading time: 5 mins

Adapted from the Chief Investment Officer’s comments, which will appear in the Allan Gray Unit Trust Annual Report, 2014. More than half of global government...

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Orbis funds: Finding the best long-term value for clients

By Seema Dala on 30 Sep 2014

Reading time: 8 mins

The Orbis Global Equity Fund will mark its 25th year at the end of December. In that time, Orbis has provided access to the same fundamental, contrarian,...

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Introducing the Orbis Global Balanced Fund

By Tamryn Lamb on 22 May 2014

Reading time: 7 mins

Like Allan Gray, Orbis has a limited range of funds which it believes addresses the needs of most investors. New funds are only introduced after very careful...

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Orbis Global Equity Fund: A reversal of fortunes

By Seema Dala on 30 Sep 2013

Reading time: 8 mins

After a prolonged period of relative underperformance, since January this year the Orbis Global Equity Fund has meaningfully outpaced its benchmark in US...

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Do not confuse stability with safety

By Ben Preston on 30 Jun 2013

Reading time: 8 mins

According to Ben Preston, from our offshore partner Orbis, Orbis and Allan Gray's strict adherence to our bottom-up research process keeps us focused on...

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Investing offshore to reduce portfolio risk

By Seema Dala on 31 Mar 2013

Reading time: 8 mins

Five years on from the start of the Global Financial Crisis, as economic uncertainty continues across the world, investors remain sceptical about exposing...

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Drilling into the detail of oil and gas investments

By Dan Brocklebank on 31 Dec 2012

Reading time: 11 mins

At first glance, the Orbis Global Equity Fund's exposure to Oil & Gas; Gas stocks appears to be similar to that of its benchmark. At December 2012, about 9% ...

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A healthy approach

By Seema Dala and Tamryn Lamb on 30 Sep 2012

Reading time: 11 mins

Broadly speaking, one could think about building a portfolio in two key ways. Investors with a 'top-down' approach start with a wide view of the world and ma...

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Investing: a history of bubbles

By Jonathan Brodie on 30 Jun 2012

Reading time: 9 mins

'Invest in stocks? Forget about it.' - USA Today headline, 8 May 2012. As contrarian investors, we cannot help but take notice when one of the most widely re...

Insights categories - Markets and economy

The trend is your friend till it bends at the end

By Duncan Artus on 24 May 2012

Reading time: 4 mins

For some time we have been concerned about the sustainability and unbalanced nature of consumption growth in South Africa. I don’t believe you can consume,...

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Things you can control, and things you cannot

By Trevor Black and Jonathan Brodie on 31 Dec 2011

Reading time: 8 mins

In this current very uncertain world, we cannot begin to control or predict political or economic outcomes. But we can control what shares we buy and we are...

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Japan: economic pessimism creates buying opportunities

By Trevor Black and Ben Preston on 30 Jun 2011

Reading time: 8 mins

As bottom-up stock pickers, we believe that great investment opportunities can be found in even the most challenging conditions. Japan is a perfect example....

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Responding to challenging times

By Henry Allen and Trevor Black on 31 Dec 2010

Reading time: 8 mins

Performance does not come in a straight line, which means that periods of long-term outperformance will always be accompanied by periods of, sometimes...

Insights categories - Local investing

Foreign exposure in the Allan Gray Stable Fund

By Ian Liddle and Mahesh Cooper on 31 Dec 2010

Reading time: 10 mins

The long-term track record of the Allan Gray Stable Fund shows returns well ahead of its benchmark and satisfactory capital stability. Nevertheless, the Fund...

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When is bad news good news?

By Chris du Toit and Tamryn Lamb on 30 Sep 2010

Reading time: 8 mins

As contrarian investors we are always on the lookout for shares that we can buy at a significantly lower price than we believe they are worth. Thus, with ban...

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The story is in the stocks

By Jonathan Brodie and Trevor Black on 30 Jun 2010

Reading time: 8 mins

Investors who give their money to professional managers to invest still wish to remain informed about what their managers are thinking and how therefore they...

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Launch of the Allan Gray-Orbis Global Optimal Fund of Funds

By Richard Carter on 31 Mar 2010

Reading time: 8 mins

Allan Gray introduced its third rand-denominated offshore fund on 1 March 2010 bringing the total number of unit trusts to nine. The Allan Gray-Orbis Global...

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Tough to be different

By Jonathan Brodie and Trevor Black on 31 Dec 2009

Reading time: 8 mins

In the Q2 Quarterly Commentary, Jonathan Brodie and Trevor Black of Orbis discussed the fact that long-term outperformance requires a partnership between the...

Insights categories - Personal investing

The benefits and pitfalls of foreign diversification

By Chris du Toit on 30 Sep 2009

Reading time: 8 mins

Most South African investors looking to diversify will choose to include offshore assets in their portfolio. The trick is to select the right combination of...

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