Best Ideas: what makes a quality company?

In our recent monthly commentaries we have talked about the shift towards quality companies that has been underway in your portfolios. So what exactly is it that makes a ‘quality’ company, and why are they good investments now?

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Best Ideas: what makes a quality company?The way a football team or a tennis player plays, or the way a lawyer creates their trial strategy, will be heavily influenced by their coaches, trainers and professional mentors. In a similar way, professional stock market investors can be grouped together based on the way in which they are trained to select stocks. This is known as their investment style.

In this quarterly update, we introduce three of the most common investment styles (growth, value and quality) and explain why we think that the quality style is best suited to current market conditions. We then present three case studies to show how quality companies are represented in the Best Ideas portfolios.

If you have any questions about the Best Ideas Portfolios, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About the author: Kasim Zafar

Kasim graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Imperial College and is a CFA charter holder, being a regular member of the CFA Institute and CFA UK. He began his career in investments in 2002, gaining experience as a portfolio manager and senior analyst of global capital markets. His experience spans multiple asset classes, constructing portfolios with varying risk/return objectives and active risk management processes.

Kasim is the portfolio manager for the EQ Investors Best Ideas portfolios. He is an active member of the investment management, strategic asset allocation and fund selection committees.

When not immersed at work, Kasim often finds himself stumped and constantly amazed by his young daughter at home. He also enjoys spending time in the kitchen practising his “cheffy” skills with both European and Asian cuisine, reflecting his mixed background.

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