Question of the Week

Questions of the Week

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Question 1: Could you please let me have your advice on Medibank Private (MPL) now that it has lost the government army contract. It forms a major investment in my portfolio and was purchased on the float. If sell is your recommendation, what is your suggestion for a replacement? This is my only investment in the medical sector.

Answer: I am not worried about Medibank Private (MPL). In fact, I like it as an income stock now that it is finally growing its customer base. I wrote about this the other day (see )

One thing – I don’t classify Medibank as a “health” stock, nor does the market. It has none of the underlying positive drivers (demographics, ageing population, demand for services). If anything, these drivers are a negative for Medibank. The market classifies it (correctly in my opinion) as a financial stock.

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