The nine commandments of small-cap success

The below Fund in Focus video was produced by Livewire Markets and published on 29 November 2021.

Like the Swiss mountain that is its namesake, the team at Eiger is always striving to achieve higher results for its investors. The three founders Stephen Wood, Victor Gomes and David Haddad all met at a Swiss asset manager, and they have applied this clockwork efficiency and process in their approach to cracking the small-cap code. 

With over 70 years of collective experience, the team has developed a strategy that looks to uncover the next big idea through an extensive filter of qualitative and quantitative measures. 

“We have been working together as an Australian small company specialist for more than a decade and in that time developed an effective investment thesis and system. Our approach’s track record has been proven through a range of economic cycles with both markets that are rising and markets that are falling.”

Their fascination with the smaller end of town stems from the potential to identify companies that are commencing growth trajectories, as well as those that are set to benefit from global structural trends. In this Fund in Focus, Stephen Wood explains the thinking behind the Eiger Australian Small Companies Fund, how they approach identifying the next big winners while managing downside risk, and provides two examples of companies that fit the process perfectly.

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