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July 2, 2018

Fund Manager Chat: Australian Equities – Rhett Kessler, Pengana Capital

by Jake Moeller.

In this podcast, Rhett Kessler, fund manager of the Pengana Australian Equities Fund at Pengana Capital, provides his current views on the state of Australian equities.

Rhett discusses the personal philosophy which drives the stock selection process of his highly concentrated portfolio. He outlines the key factors in his portfolio construction process, highlights where he is currently finding value for his investors, and how he uses cash as a portfolio management tool.

Rhett also outlines the fund performance over the last 12 months and and discusses some of the potential headwinds facing Australian equities.

Running Order

Run Time Topic
00:23 Can you outline the philosophy and process of the Pengana Australian Equities Fund?
02:01 How do you reconcile such a concentrated portfolio with an absolute return objective?
02:51 What type of businesses does you process lead you to?
03:25 Your performance over the last 12 months (to April 2018) has closely tracked the ASX 300. Why?
04:34 Your cash holding is quite high. What is the objective here?
06:00 Is capacity an issue for your fund?
06:55 Can you provide an outlook for Australian equities?
08:24 Are there any potential headwinds to Australian equities?


Rhett is chatting with Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK and Ireland Research, at Refinitiv in London in Sydney, Australia on April 26, 2018.

About Rhett Kessler


Rhett Kessler, Pengana Capita

Rhett Kessler, Pengana Capital.

Rhett joined Pengana in October 2007, bringing with him over 18 years of experience as an investment professional.

He is responsible for leading Pengana Capital’s Australian equities team and managing the Pengana Australian Equities Fund.

Prior to joining Pengana, Rhett was Head of Research for IAG Asset Management (IAGAM) as well as being a joint portfolio manager for various wholesale funds totalling $3.3 billion. In 2005 he successfully launched the IAGAM Absolute Return Fund, on which the Pengana Australian Equities Fund is based.

Rhett was previously a rated media analyst for UBS Australia, having emigrated from South Africa in 1996, where he successfully managed wholesale and retail equity portfolios as Deputy General of Investment for Liberty Asset Management.

Rhett holds Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is also a Chartered Accountant (SA) and holds the CFA designation.


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