These concise papers provide a detailed look at the factors that contribute to the investment decisions we make at Sionna.

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Passive Investing and Tragedy of the Commons: What if Market Efficiency is Already Melting Away?

April 2024

Active managers are discretionary traders, who seek mispriced stocks they believe will add excess returns to their funds. Passive investors are non-discretionary traders, they notionally need not worry about valuation, they believe the market is efficient, and thus perfectly reflects all known information. Their investment strategy is largely irresponsive to the price of the asset. Shiller explained, “Indexing …is free-riding on other people’s work” – in other words, active managers. At what point does there become too many passive players, such that they render the market unmoored from efficiency and thus turn the overall market inefficient?

When Quality Stumbles

January 2024

‘Quality’ as a distinct category or style of investing is relatively new, growing in popularity during the early part of the century and gaining a strong foothold amongst the investment world post the global financial crisis. What perhaps has been lost on many investors though is the fact that, like all assets, quality needs to be underpriced to outperform in the long run. Valuations matter!

Energy Transition Opportunities: North American LNG

October 2023

By the middle of this decade, we will likely be into the next phase of potentially lower global carbon emissions with the continued replacement of higher emission energy (coal) with lower emission options (natural gas). We will likely see North America solidified as a global cleaner energy exporter and energy independence also may occur within this timeframe. We believe there are plenty of investment opportunities within the energy space that will help the world reach this next phase, but patience is required.

A New Type of Trap

July 2023

As value investors, we are often asked (sometimes more often than we would like!) how our investment process avoids the well-known value trap. So, at the 2023 Value Investor Conference held in London, when Ben Inker of GMO spoke about a little-known concept – that of growth traps – he confirmed our long-held suspicion that growth stock disappointments can be bigger threats to investor portfolios than the oft discussed value trap. His analysis piqued our interest.

Fish Don’t Know They’re in Water; Do Today’s Investors Know a Regime Shift has Occurred?

January 2023

Lessons from history suggest investors should rebalance their excess allocation to growth down to an underweight, or at least a balance with value. Many investors who do not recognize a "regime change" has occurred in the market, largely appear to be discounting growth's underperformance as temporary. Some are justifying inaction with comments that the revaluation has largely occurred, thus it is too late to switch. But as we all know, the early bird often gets the worm (and the most excess returns).

Are we there yet?

October 2022

The year 2022 is shaping up to be one that many investors would like to forget, given the volatility and negative performance of equity and fixed income markets. With the declines witnessed to date, many investors are asking, “Are we there yet?”.

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