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Anthony Cross, Economic Advantage: RWS Holdings – Intellectual Property case study

When identifying economic advantage in the companies we invest in, we look for possession of distinctive and hard to replicate intangible assets in one of three categories: intellectual property, distribution channels and recurring income. RWS describes itself as a provider of intellectual property (IP) support services. So while it facilitates the acquisition of intangible assets for its clients, as investors we are interested in the IP economic advantage that RWS itself possesses.

Mark Williams, Asia: Two significant events coincide with Fund’s two year anniversary

The Asia Income Fund’s two year anniversary (5 March 2014) has coincided with two significant events in China: the first day of this year’s annual National People’s Congress (NPC) and the announcement of potentially China’s first ever domestic bond default.

Over the next week, newsflow from the NPC should indicate the conviction of China’s politicians to implement reforms first announced last November in the third plenum. We do not anticipate any policy announcements from Premier Li Keqiang or President Xi Jinping which would alter our positive view on Chinese equities, but we would welcome further confirmation that progress is being made to drive economic reform.


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