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BetaShares Australian Equities Bear (Hedge Fund)

Fund Manager: BetaShares
Inception Date: Jul 01, 2012

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]

Political unrest between the US, Russia and North Korea means now is the time to consider the universe of safe-haven assets available should tensions escalate. It may also be an opportune moment to form investment views about how you may wish to tweak your portfolio in the event of all-out war. While traditional lower-risk assets such as gold generally do well in troubled times, there are other smart ways to profit when geopolitical tensions rise to the surface. [More]

Retail investors used the savage Brexit sell-off as a buying opportunity, snapping up "oversold" assets including the ASX and the British pound, according to data from two of Australia's biggest exchange-traded funds providers. ETFs, which track the performance of an index or asset class, are favoured by retail investors for their ease of use and low fees. The ETF market grew 44 per cent between 2013 and 2015, and at the end of May total funds under management in Australia topped $23 billion, according to Vanguard.  Robin Bowerman, Vanguard Australia head of strategy and communications, said on June 24, when the results of the British referendum on European Union membership votes were counted and eventual leave result revealed, trading volumes shot up 192 per cent on its 90-day average.  [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]

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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