Quality Investing in an Australian Context

Posted: 14 Nov 2014

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Peter Gardner

Plato Investment Management

Camille Schmidt


Terry S. Walter

University of Sydney; University of Technology, Sydney - School of Finance and Economics; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

David R. Gallagher

Rozetta Institute

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Date Written: November 13, 2014


This study extends an examination of Quality investing in the US to the Australian market. Specifically, a Quality score is computed as the aggregate of eight fundamental accounting metrics. An investment strategy investing in the highest (lowest) quality stock quintile, that is, Quintile 5(1) generates an average annual Daniel, Grinblatt, Titman and Wermers (DGTW)-adjusted alpha of 6.37% (-7.98%), which is significant at the 5% level over April 2000-March 2010. A two-way segmentation based on size first, and quality second, reveals that the strong positive quality effect is primarily driven by small stocks, as the average DGTW-alpha for the top-quality tercile of small stocks is 14.02%, significant at the 5% level. Statistically significant positive DGTW-alphas are also determined for quality micro and large stocks. The quality analysis is also applied to a sample of Active Equity Mutual Funds’ stock holdings. Weak evidence of the quality return premium is detected at the fund level.

Keywords: Active management, investment performance, fundamental analysis, mutual funds, quality, stock holdings

Suggested Citation

Gardner, Peter and Schmidt, Camille and Walter, Terry Stirling and Gallagher, David R., Quality Investing in an Australian Context (November 13, 2014). Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523918

Peter Gardner

Plato Investment Management ( email )

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Camille Schmidt



Terry Stirling Walter

University of Sydney ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2006

University of Technology, Sydney - School of Finance and Economics ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2007
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David R. Gallagher (Contact Author)

Rozetta Institute ( email )


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