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Australian equities

Equities are a broad and deep asset class which form the basis for many institutional portfolios, providing access to both capital growth and yield opportunities.

In addition to the potential for capital growth, many Australian equities generate income in the form of dividends. They may also offer investors tax advantages through franking credits.

We believe successful investment in equities requires active management and specialist teams with the ability to know stocks better, helping to reduce risk and deliver greater insights into wider market trends and investment opportunities.

  • An important source of liquidity
  • The potential for capital growth and income
  • Significant opportunities for active managers to add value

Philosophy and process

Investment philosophy

Investment philosophy

We believe equity markets are, by nature, inefficient. The combination of uncertainty and behavioural finance results in stocks frequently diverging from their fundamental value. This is where we see the real opportunity lies.

Investment process

Investment process

Our fundamental equities team taps this opportunity with a high-conviction, analytical stock-selection approach, enriched with quantitative momentum analysis.

Team

Team

As one of Australia’s largest and most experienced investors in Australian equities, we have excellent access to company management.

Why invest with us?

Heritage and innovation

Heritage and innovation

The first Australian fund manager to be awarded a Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) licence to trade China A shares and one of the first to launch dedicated sustainable funds in Australia.

Information advantage

Information advantage

Expertise and collaboration between investment teams in equities, real estate, infrastructure, fixed income and multi-asset investing.

Approach

Approach

Our fundamental equities approach is enriched with the benefits of broader economic, quantitative and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis.

Risks

Risks specific to investments in Australian equities may include share market and company risks, risks associated with the use of short selling and derivatives, investment management and style, portfolio concentration and liquidity risks. Please refer to the relevant fund’s Information Memorandum for more information.

The team

Michael Price
Michael Price
Head of Australian Equities
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Michael Price
Head of Australian Equities
BEc, FIAA
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Michael Price joined AMP Capital in January 2012 and is responsible for management of AMP Capital’s sustainable share and income-focused strategies. Michael joined AMP Capital from ING Investment Management where he held a range of roles through a tenure of over 17 years. Michael leads the Australian Equities Team and is responsible for the management of the investment process, equity research and portfolio management.

Prior to joining AMP Capital, Michael was Portfolio Manager of the highly regarded ING Sustainable Investment Fund which he managed from 2005 to 2011. This product was awarded ‘Fund of the Year’ by Ethical Investor in 2009. Michael was also responsible for management of the ING Blue Chip Imputation Fund – an income-focused Australian share strategy.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Economics (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia.

Dr Ian Woods
Dr Ian Woods
Head of ESG Investment Research
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Dr Ian Woods
Head of ESG Investment Research
PhD Chem Eng
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Dr Ian Woods joined AMP Capital in December 2000, and since that time has focussed on how the issues of sustainability and ESG relate to financial investment and the investment risks. Dr Woods’ background is in environmental and risk consulting both in Asia/Pacific region and Europe. Ian assesses the management of intangible assets of companies on the Australian Securities Exchange through the assessment of governance ESG issues and in engaging with these companies in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Dr Woods also undertakes assessment of greenhouse gas risk issues for the wider AMP Capital Investment teams and has undertaken a number of studies in this area.

1 AMP Capital is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment