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VanEck targets Chinese growth with CNEW

ETF Watch - Feb 16, 2019

There’s no doubt Australia’s prosperity in recent times is linked to the rise of China from developing nation to global powerhouse. China’s demand for Australia’s raw materials to catch up on 100 years worth of infrastructure builds in a short…

What’s troubling global markets?

Six Park - Jan 18, 2019

Despite heightened market volatility, positive fundamentals still outweigh the uncertainties causing angst for investors and the media. That’s the view of Six Park’s Investment Advisory Committee (IAC), which met in late 2018 to review global trading conditions and the group’s asset…

Looking back at ETFs in 2018

ETF Watch - Jan 17, 2019

As reported in our last post, 2018 was a turbulent year for investors, with falls in the latter half of the year seeing more losers than winners on the ETF front. Share price movements, although painful to investors in 2018…

2018 ETF & LIC Performance Report

ETF Watch - Jan 11, 2019

Volatility returned with a vengeance in late 2018. In our 2017 reflection post, we talked about 2017 being one of the least volatile on record, with 86% of ETFs & LICs in Australia recording postive performance. A sharp selloff in early…

When we talk about technology companies in Australia, the household names of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Amazon come to mind. In the Western world these companies have grown over the last 20 years to dominate tech and become some…

Riding the share market rollercoaster

ETF Watch - Nov 07, 2018

The month of October 2018 saw volatility return to global share markets. With fairly benign conditions for a few years now, it did not take long for doom and gloom headlines to dominate as markets fell by anywhere from 10…

Vanguard gets ethical with VESG and VEFI

ETF Watch - Oct 16, 2018

One does not need to go back far to remember a time where ethical investing was relegated to the fringes and considered an ideology that would impact investing performance. How times have changed, with one of Australia’s largest fund managers,…

Here at ETF Watch we love seeing new ETFs launched. None more so than ETFs that attempt to home in on future megatrends. Betashares are targeting one of these megatrends, being Robotics and Artificial Intelligence with their Global Robotics and…

ASIC gives ETFs the thumbs up

ETF Watch - Sep 12, 2018

In a few short years the Australian ETF market has moved from the fringes to the mainstream, now boasting over $40 billion in assets and over 30% per annum growth. Recognising this growth, the corporate regulator the Australian Securities &…

In the last couple of years, there has been a proliferation of thematic ETFs launched in Australia, giving investors access to certain themes or niches previously not available to Australian investors. Earlier this year we listed the themes we’d like…

The rise and rise of Active ETFs

ETF Watch - Aug 09, 2018

Some time ago we took a look at Exchange Traded Managed Funds or “Active ETFs”. At that time only a handful existed, although it was clear this approach was becoming more popular. We predicted then that we’d see plenty more…

One of the unique attributes of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and one which they share with managed funds, is their ability to create new units. This means that theoretically there is no limit to the size that an ETF can…

Global markets recorded positive gains in the 2018 Financial Year, continuing their march forward in what is becoming one of the longest bull markets in history. This all occurred in the wake of rising global interest rates, US trade pressures…

In what is becoming an increasingly popular trend, another Active ETF has recently launched, with InvesSMART launching their Australian Equity Income Fund (INIF), raising $30m prior to listing, and now offering their Value Investing style with a single ASX trade.…

Vanguard’s Australian Shares Fund (VAS) is no doubt a favourite of many Australian ETF investors. With over $2.6b in funds under management and almost $1b new investments in the last 12 months, it is now the second largest ETF in…

Vanguard gets active with VMIN and VVLU

ETF Watch - May 28, 2018

Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard Investments has built a somewhat cultish following with his prophecies of the advantages of index investing. His loyal band of followers, labelling themselves ‘Bogleheads’ spruik the merits of index investing, citing the benefits of their…

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