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Betashares Australian High Interest Cash ETF

Fund Manager: Betashares
Inception Date: Mar 01, 2012

We first took a look at the ETFs which had the highest inflows for the financial year this time last year. With the end of financial year long behind us, it’s time to take another look and see if there were any changes from last year. 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 get to. Below we have a look at whic ... [More]

Australia's exchange traded funds market is expanding as issuers launch ETFs that provide exposure to different assets, sectors or strategies. The following is a selection of newer-style exchange-traded products (ETPs), but remember you'll also need to assess factors such tracking differences, cost and liquidity to help you make the best choice. [More]

From famine to feast in Cash ETFs

ETF Watch - Jun 07, 2017

There was a time not too long ago that cash investors had only a single ETF to pick from. That’s recently changed with a number of new listings, and now investors have a wide range of ETFs available to meet their cash needs. We take a look below. Betashares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) Until recently investors in cash had a single ETF available, the Betashares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA). With no competition, AAA has been one of the Australian ETF success stori ... [More]

Most investors hold bank shares and deposits, which book-end a rich capital structure. Yet few have exposure to the assets that reside in between — including senior bonds, subordinated bonds, hybrids and securities like AAA rated "covered bonds", which rank ahead of, and are actually safer than, wholesale deposits. Years ago my team developed a plan to launch a passive exchange traded fund (ETF) that would invest in senior-ranking, floating-rate notes issued by Australia's top banks. The idea was to furnish punters with a liquid and divisible medium through which to access the superior interest rates on offer in the $1.6 trillion unlisted bond market, which trades in minimum $500,000 parcels. We shelved the plan because the economics did not stack up for an active manager. [More]

If 2015 was a year to forget for most investors, 2016 was certainly a year to remember, with global sharemarkets rallying, particularly in the back half of the year. Conversely investors in cash and fixed interest assets suffered with cash rates remaining at or near record lows and the threat of future increases in interest rates impacting returns on fixed interest assets. Back when we first launched ETF Watch, we developed the hypothetical lowest cost ETF portfolio available on the ASX, ... [More]

Australia’s exchange-traded funds market is surging towards the 2016 finish line at a blistering pace, with net capital inflows in October topping $600 million. At this point, total inflows in the current quarter are on track to easily surpass the $1.02 billion of investor funds that flowed into the 150 or so ETFs listed on the Australian Securities Exchange during the three months to the end of September. So, if all goes according to plan — for the ETF product issuers, that is — the total inflow of funds into Australian-listed ETFs for 2016 should be in the vicinity of $5bn, and potentially more. [More]

High interest cash ETF hits $1 billion

Money Management - Nov 15, 2016

A high interest cash exchange traded fund (ETF) has hit $1 billion in funds under management (FUM), as investors increasingly turned to cash amid Donald Trump becoming President elect, according to BetaShares. The firm said its Australian high interest cash ETF was now one of the largest ETFs in Australia. It gave investors exposure to competitive interest rates from Australian accounts, and paid 0.5 per cent above the Reserve Bank of Australia's cash rate, the firm said. [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 get to. We thought it would be interesting to have a look at which ETFs had the highest net inflows last financial year to see where investors have been placing their money. The table below shows the top 20 ETFs by net inflows for the 2016 Financial Year. Note that this is sep ... [More]

Just a few years after exchange-traded funds exploded on the scene, there's a product to suit nearly every investor's taste and risk appetite. Whether you want to get some emerging markets into your portfolio or want slightly higher-yielding cash, there's an ETF out there for you. ETFs are traded on the Australian Securities Exchange like stocks and primarily track indices. They are much loved by retail investors for their low cost, although newer iterations are shedding the "passive" and "low fee" characterisation. The rapidly expanding range can also create a paradox of choice for investors in a world characterised by low interest rates, low returns, low economic growth and high volatility. The Reserve Bank dropped interest rates to a record low 1.75 per cent in May and further drops are forecast this year. It's a blow for savers, who are unlikely to want to move up the risk curve with markets looking uncertain at the same time. [More]

Defensive ETFs flourish through volatile January

Money Management - Feb 29, 2016

Defensive exchange traded funds (ETFs) are minimising the impact of market volatility, as investors look for alternative opportunities, robo-advice provider, Stockspot believes. In its February ETF update, Stockspot reported that January 2016 saw volatility and share market falls across the globe which led to the first negative month of ETF funds under management (FUM) growth since August 2015 (falling four per cent), while the commodities sector had the highest monthly increase in FUM largely due to a 10 per cent rise in the gold price. "Inflows into the fixed income and cash sector also highlights risk aversion during January," the report said. [More]

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