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UBS IQ Morningstar Australia Quality ETF

Fund Manager: UBS
Inception Date: Oct 01, 2012

Australian ETP industry set to grow in 2018

Money Management - Dec 11, 2017

The Australian exchange traded product industry (ETF) is set to grow in 2018 thanks to the momentum generated in 2017, audience of younger investors, an increasing array of fixed income options and a move toward model portfolio using exchange trade funds (ETFs), according to BetaShares. The company also predicted that active ETFs would grow in popularity, giving investors more opportunity to diversify their portfolios alongside the passive ETF investments. This would be helped by innovations in the local market which would make it possible for fund managers to offer their active strategies in a convenient exchange-traded form while still protecting their intellectual property. [More]

BetaShares launches responsible ETF

Investor Daily - Dec 06, 2017

BetaShares has launched a new Australian company ETF that employs both positive and negative ethical screens.   The Australian Sustainability Leaders ETF, which trades under the ASX ticker FAIR, tracks a customised index created by NASDAQ for BetaShares. In order to be included on the index, companies must be listed on the ASX, have a float-adjusted market capitalisation of at least US$100 million, and not be screened out under responsible investment criteria. [More]

Boutique Fund Manager Montgomery Global Investrment Management has joined a small but growing group of fund managers to launch an Exchange Traded Managed Fund (ETMF). The Montgomery Global Equities Fund (MOGL) is due to begin trading on the ASX just before Christmas and is currently open to seed investors. The initial offer is open until 14 December 2017. MOGL's objective is to: ... provide investors with long term capital growth as well as income distributions of at least 4.5% ... [More]

New Guide To Accessible Ethical Investing

Pro Bono Australia - Dec 05, 2017

Founder and CEO of Sydney-based online ethical investment service Balance Impact, Emily Martin, said one of the fastest growing trends in investing was the demand for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and responsible investments. “In the first six months of this year $265 billion USD [A$347 billion] was invested in ETFs, almost the exact same amount as flowed out of traditional funds,” Martin told Pro Bono News. “Although exchange-traded funds are easily accessible due to their listing on the stock exchange, investors have had more difficulty finding ethical ETFs.   “A recent report by the RIAA found that a key barrier to responsible investment was access to relevant product information.” [More]

Asset managers look at ETFs

Money Management - Nov 28, 2017

The majority of asset managers will have an exchange-traded fund (ETF) offering in the next five years, with the ETF global market on track to reach US$7.6 trillion by the end of 2020, according to the EY’s report. The “Global ETF Research 2017: reshaping around the investor” study, based on interviews with ETF market makers, service providers and promoters, also found that 15 per cent to 25 per cent (US$250 billion) of ETF inflows over the next three years would come from new investors. Furthermore, the new investors would help transform the current ETF market as they typically turn to ETFs for selected exposures. Moreover, those of new investors who would become comfortable with ETFs would be more willing to use ETFs as the building blocks of portfolio construction, the study revealed. [More]

ETFs to become industry standard by 2022

Investor Daily - Nov 28, 2017

Nearly all asset managers will be offering either active or passive ETFs within five years, predicts EY.   A new global survey by EY has laid out the dominance of passive investment strategies – and ETFs in particular. The research, EY's fifth annual global study of ETFs, interviewed 70 product providers, market makers [More]

Vanguard chief investment officer Greg Davis says passive investing will keep getting bigger, as he rebutted criticisms by active stock pickers that the huge rise in indexing was fuelling financial risks. Mr Davis said market-tracking index funds accounted for only a "tiny fraction" of the daily trading volume in equities and bonds, arguing that it was active managers who still overwhelmingly set the prices of securities. "We think that the price discovery mechanism in the marketplace is still determined primarily by these active managers," Mr Davis said in an interview from the US with The Australian Financial Review. [More]

Vanguard Investments, one of the biggest ETF providers in the world yesterday launched four new ETFs. These new ETFs are not accessing new investments or markets, rather they are packaging up bundles of their existing ETFs into single diversified options, allowing investors to access diversification through a single share market trade. What are the these new ETFs? For a long time investors have been able to access Vanguard’s range of diversified unlisted managed funds by investing di ... [More]

Vanguard rolls out multi-asset ETF suite

Financial Standard - Nov 22, 2017

In a first for the Australian market, Vanguard is launching four multi-asset exchange-traded funds, which offer diversified portfolios within a single trade. The four Vanguard Diversified Index ETFs - Conservative (VDCO), Balanced (VDBA), Growth (VDGR) and High Growth (VDHG) - will allow investors to gain diversification across and within all major asset classes, and choose how much risk to take on. Vanguard Australia head of product and marketing Evan Reedman described the launch as a "significant development for the Australia market," adding that the move will make investing "a far more accessible and transparent option for many Australians, and ultimately help them achieve their financial goals."Each Diversified Index ETF represents a share class of an existing Vanguard Diversified Index Fund, meaning ETF investors can access established asset pool through Vanguard's existing range of non-listed multi-asset funds. [More]

BetaShares launches Australian-first hybrids ETF

Financial Standard - Nov 21, 2017

Australian investors can now gain exposure to hybrids with minimal downside risk thanks to a new ETF from BetaShares. The new BetaShares Active Australian Hybrids Fund (HBRD) is the first active ETF in Australia to invest in hybrids and is designed to manage the risks associated with hybrids during particular market conditions. Describing it as an innovative solution for investors, BetaShares managing director Alex Vynokur said hybrids offer investors attractive tax-efficient income while also providing generally higher levels of capital stability and lower levels of volatility compared to Australian shares. It also provides those who otherwise own only a handful of hybrids directly with greater portfolio diversification. For these reasons, it also presents an attractive investment opportunity for SMSF investors seeking higher rates of income [More]

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