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Australian equities

Equities, also known as shares, are likely to form a large proportion of your portfolio. Over the longer term (five to seven years) we believe investing in Australian equities may generally provide you with higher returns than other asset classes such as cash or fixed income.

While Australian equities can provide the potential for strong capital growth, did you know the dividends you receive from them can also help smooth your portfolio returns? This is true even when markets are volatile.

Australian equities continue to offer attractive income opportunities and can give you access to a broad range of industry sectors that can help diversify your portfolio.

They can also offer other advantages, such as tax advantages through franking credits which can help reduce your overall taxable income and discounts on any capital gains if they are held for more than 12 months. This is however dependent on each individual’s circumstances.

  • Flexibility to target capital growth, income or a combination
  • Potential tax advantages including franking credits
  • Liquidity

Why invest with us?

Expertise

Expertise

AMP Capital’s Australian Equity experts have an average of 16.2 years of experience and conduct more than 600 company visits every year. The team also draws on the views of investment specialists spanning property, credit, Asian equities, infrastructure and economics. AMP Capital’s Fundamental Equities team was also the first Australian company approved to trade China A shares and one of the first to launch a dedicated sustainable fund in Australia1.

Transparency

Transparency

Our open approach to performance reporting is designed to ensure you are kept fully informed. We welcome calls from investors, provide monthly fund fact sheets and regularly report on key market issues that may affect your investments.

Active management

Active management

We actively manage our Australian equities portfolios, with the goal of delivering superior investment performance while managing risks at every stage of the investment process. This is designed to give you the confidence that experienced managers are looking after your portfolio.

Investment options for personal investors

Fund name Capital growth Regular income Defensive investments Investment timeframe
Australian Equity Concentrated Fund     5 years
Australian Equity Opportunities Fund     5 years
Equity Income Generator   5 years
  View our other Australian equities funds

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 Product Disclosure Statement 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