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The Emerging Companies Portfolio

For those seeking higher growth investments.

About the Emerging Companies Portfolio

A Portfolio that searches for small & mid capitalisation emerging stocks (ex-100) that show strong underlying growth characteristics.

This is a higher risk portfolio and investors should expect greater volatility in returns.

Portfolio Performance
EMERGING COMPANIES 6.68% -10.02% -9.52% -0.88% 33.46% 15.35%
Target 12% 1.0% 3.00% 6.00% 12.00% 12.00% 12.00%
DIFFERENCE +5.68% -13.02% -15.52% -11.12% +21.46% +3.35%
As at 31-3-22 Market Matters is utilising a new investment platform, the OpenInvest Portfolio Service, and will be replicating 3 of the Model Portfolios managed by Market Matters, namely Active Income, Active High Conviction, and Emerging Companies. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance; the above information is of a general nature only and should not be considered as personal financial advice that takes into account your individual objectives, needs or circumstances. The Model Portfolio returns are calculated using the net asset value at the start and end of the specified period after all fees have been deducted. Distributions are assumed to have been reinvested whilst no allowance has been made for tax. The inception date for this model portfolio is 31-1-20.

Investment Objective

The objective is to provide an active exposure to Australian emerging companies defined as all listed stocks outside the S&P/ASX 100. Returns will primarily be achieved through capital appreciation rather than income with an overall objective of outperformance of the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Index over 5 years.

Typical Investor

Investors who are seeking an actively managed portfolio of Australia’s smaller, growth-oriented companies, can handle higher volatility in returns, are looking to move to high cash levels when market risk warrants and are seeking primarily growth over a 5 year + time frame.

Investment Strategy and Approach

Market Matters uses an active investment strategy involving a combination of approaches that includes fundamental research, technical analysis and macro-economic influences. Fundamental stock analysis, with focus on future earnings growth and relative valuations..

The investment Manager uses a technical overlay in two ways – to identify potential investments for further analysis and to assist in the timing of entry and exit levels. Macroeconomic and thematic influences, including the global growth environment, cross asset analysis and the influence this has on potential money flow, industry structure and position in the investment cycle.

Minimum Investment Amount



Like all Market Matters services, our fees are upfront and all inclusive. The models are charged at a flat 1.2% per annum with no hidden fee’s, no brokerage and no additional platform or administrative charges.

Management Fee

The Management Fee is the cost of managing your portfolio, and includes amounts paid to both the portfolio manager for making investment decisions, and amounts retained by the Administrator for performing its administration functions. The Management Fee is based on your total account balance, including the portion held in cash. The fee is calculated daily and is deducted monthly in arrears from the cash holding in your account.

The total fee is 1.2% inclusive of GST


There is no brokerage charged on transactions in the model.

Fee Discounts

Invest over $200K and you’ll receive a complimentary Market Matters membership.

Investors with an account balance over $500,000 receive discounts on their Management Fee, as per the table below.

0 - $500,000 0%
$500,001 - $1,000,000 20%
$1,000,001 - $2,000,000 30%
$2,000,001 - $3,000,000 40%
>$3 MILLION 50%


The Management Fee includes online access via the web portal and app, along with comprehensive annual reporting for tax purposes.

1. Online Application

Investing in Market Matters Portfolios has never been easier. The first step is to open an account. In most cases this will be a complete online process.

Once the account is open, transfer instructions will be provided for you to deposit funds into your account. Those funds will be deployed into the portfolio you select. You can amend this portfolio selection at any time via the Market Matters | Invest Online Portal — changing the portfolio you are invested within.

2. Track Your Investments

You have access to the Market Matters | Invest Online Portal, which lists your investments, their value and performance, along with insights from the portfolio management team. You also have access to an app, available in the app store by searching OpenWealth.

3. Adding or Withdrawing Funds

When your account it opened, payment instructions will be emailed to you for the initial deposit. You can add or withdraw funds at any time via the Market Matters | Invest Online Portal. Funds will be returned to your linked bank account once securities have been sold and funds have settled. There are no fees for depositing or withdrawing funds, no ‘spread’ charged by the fund nor any brokerage charged on the purchase or sale of securities (NB: a $1 processing fee applies to international shares).

4. Financial Reporting

Via the Market Matters | Invest Online Portal. Investors can generate reports at any time including; buys and sells, performance, realised capital gains and income details. Current positions and performance is also available via the app.  A comprehensive, audited,  annual report is provided for tax purposes.

Access the Market Matters | Invest Online Portal Here.

Monthly Reports

Each month, the portfolio team pens a monthly portfolio update that includes performance and a brief discussion of key positions. We aim to send these reports before the 10th of each month however times may vary slightly.

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The Market Matters Team

James Gerrish Author | Lead Portfolio Manager

James is Market Matters’ Primary Author and major shareholder writing daily content and directing the Market Matters portfolios. He is also a Portfolio Manager at Shaw and Partners, one of Australia’s leading financial services firms with approx $20 billion of assets under advice. James brings over 15 years experience,  holds a Bachelor of Management & sits on the Market Matters Investment Committee.

Peter White Responsible Manager | Investment Committee Member

Peter heads up our Compliance & Operations function bringing with him 23 years of financial industry experience, including 17 years in providing professional financial advice to clients as a CFP. Peter also sits on the Market Matters Investment Committee. Peter is a shareholder of Market Matters.

Peter Whyntie Responsible Manager | Investment Committee Member

As a Fellow of both the Governance Institute of Australia and Fellow and Life Member the GRC Institute, Peter is a recognised leader in the governance, risk management compliance community. Peter provides compliance services to Market Matters and also sits on the Market Matters Investment Committee.

Harrison Watt Portfolio Manager

Harrison contributes daily to the Market Matters reports and is instrumental in researching stock opportunities. He is currently a Portfolio Manager at Shaw & Partners having previously worked in the derivatives and risk team. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. Harrison is a shareholder of Market Matters.

Shawn Hickman Research Lead

Shawn is a macro-economic specialist with over 30 years’ experience in investing and trading having held senior investment positions at Goldman Sachs & Macquarie Bank. Shawn heads the Market Matters research effort with a particular focus on global investment trends and their influence on domestic & international equity markets. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering from Aston University.

Vanessa Chin National Sales Manager

Vanessa is National Sales Manager at Market Matters and holds a Bachelor of Economics, with a double major in Economics and Government/International Relations from the University of Sydney. She has a Diploma of Advanced Business Mandarin obtained from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and she holds the relevant RG-146 qualifications.

Nitish Wanzare Manager | Operations & Strategy

Nitish supports the operational & analytical side of Market Matters while also coordinating our marketing efforts. He has held a number of varied roles in financial services having completed a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. He holds the relevant RG-146 qualifications to provide general advice on Australian equities and investments.

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