April 06 2022. Thaistocks.com marks its 25th Anniversary on April 30 2022.
From the very beginning, April 30 1997, the core individual-favorable investor case here has been first and foremost around this same theme:Most institutional and other funds are just too big (i.e. on money under mgt.) in size to take advantage of the many emerging counties' investor jewels. Yet the fact is, many of SE Asia successful companies are medium or smaller in mkt. cap. size. So then, de facto, do not qualify on shares-traded' liquidity requirements by most all bloated institutional funds. Result is: such institutional/related funds chase the same "crowded trades", around the few large(st) cap. stocks which do then meet their own imposed mega liquidity requirements. Alas, so ignoring many "diamonds in the rough" which are "less filling and taste great", investor wise. But individual investors do not have these strict constraints and so can excel investor performance wise, as I have shown again and again at Thaistocks.com, since 1997.
“Low shares’ trading liquidity”, so often mentioned by institutions and brokers is very much dependent, by definition, on how large of an investor one is! Its rather obvious that a mouse eats allot less wheat than a horse, only due to its size. Similarly, an individual investor of say a 1 mill. Baht has far less concern about liquidity then an institution investing millions of US$, per stock.
So it’s yet another "false news" brain washing to assert that all investors should astutely be aware in the same way as institutions are, or day traders, regarding liquidity. Liquidity is always relevant regarding the size of the investor in question.
The other reality on that is when a stock awakens and moves-up liquidity almost always soars! Take the example of PPM just recently trading barely a few million shares a day. Then it woke-up and moved up. Shares traded exploded 20-40 fold compared to its previous daily averages! This is almost always what happens....liquidity is just about never a problem to sell when a stock rocks up. If a stock drops and one wants/needs to cut-loss one can dribble out over time. PPM stock price increased nearly 50% in value since the Ukraine/Russia war started.
Now its true, various smaller companies may not have the same high standard “corporate governance” large institutional stocks/companies’ have. Also, there is often less information on smaller companies and they are more difficult to find/identify -and properly check due diligence wise. But to counter this I would say: many large companies are too often overvalued only due being over-owned by institutions. Hence, pay far less in dividend-yield and due to their size often throw their weight around. Also there is the concept of "moral majority" where many smaller "real people" are hard working and honest vs. often the abusive "big guys". Over the years we have seen too often brokers just advocate big cap stocks which then go nowhere and are a bore. The Thai SET has many examples of these. I could easily make a list here.
This is what is meant with a “crowded trade”. Because of this, it’s very difficult to find “market pricing inefficiencies”, meaning investor-bargains among such. The opposite is often true with mid & smaller companies’, where mispricing’s often occur to take advantage of.
As I state at my front page: Further, things can be a bit off in the Thai stock market and Thai brokers are overall just average -as are their stock recommendations which can have a conflict of interest. Realize that in stock-markets this abnormality can be a real advantage as it often means mispricings for individuals to take advantage of! In US markets this is far more difficult as there are many good brokers besides plenty smart investors & analysts there....and so it’s very difficult to beat these. Far less so in Thailand.
Also, US stocks appear still overvalued as of April 2022, not least due to now rising interest rates and recession risks next year. Its unfortunate that many Thai expats do not grasp the above explained reality and just assume things in life which could be far better -are often best avoided. Not so in stock markets: where aberrations can truly be an investor advantage. As I have here shown for 25 years.
Further: Quantitative assessment, from afar in their high office towers, on companies will not work in all markets. In Thailand as one example, its much more important to have a qualitative assessment/view/understanding. As there are many "wall flowers" here and other type of listed stocks which look good "on paper", but which long on-location experts would never invest in. Sometimes, some stocks look cheap for a good reason! Bad past reputation is just one. Exactly the reason a rational investor may want to avoid them. Qualitative vs. Quantitative can make all the difference in markets like Thailand.
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