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BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear (Hedge Fund)

Fund Manager: BetaShares
Inception Date: Apr 01, 2015

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 – 20%. Markets may have stabilised for now but for how long? We take a look at the ETFs and LICs most affected by the falls, and some strategies available to help investors ride out the volatile times. What caused the volatility? October has a certain infamy about i ... [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]

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]

What are Inverse ETFs?

Jeremy from Betterwealth - Mar 29, 2016

This is a guest blog from Jeremy Kwong-Law, CEO of BetterWealth - ETF portfolio building tool to help you create and manage your ETF portfolio. In the 3 months to 29 Feb 2016, the Australian and global stock market has struggled. The ASX is down -7.3% and the US market is down -8.1%. If you think it’s impossible to make money in a downmarket using ETFs - think again! Inverse ETFs provides a path to make profits when the market is falling. They are an alternative product to exoti ... [More]

Market chaos means investors need 'active with passive'

Sydney Morning Herald - Mar 03, 2016

Fund managers may have declared this year a stock picker's market, but the turmoil is making it harder for active mangers to outperform and investors are diversifying with passive index funds as a hedge against losses. Investors in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track the performance of the S&P/ASX200 index will be feeling the hurt with the market down 5 per cent year-to-date. But active funds haven't had a great start to the year either. The median Australian share fund manager underperformed the index by 0.1 per cent against the broader ASX 300 in January, according to the most recent data from the Morningstar Australian Institutional Sector Survey. But they did fare better last year, with the median gain 4.9 per cent against the market's 2.8 per cent. [More]

In our last post we looked at some of the Listed Investment Companies (LICs) that investors could use to smooth out periods of volatility like global share markets have experienced in the first few weeks of 2016. Today we’re going to look at 7 strategies that may help get through periods of volatility and some of the Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that utilise these strategies. 1. Equal Weight ETFs We touched on Equal Weight ETFs in our post Getting Smart about Beta. These are funds wh ... [More]

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