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VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF

Fund Manager: VanEck
Inception Date: Jun 01, 2015

In a period which included shocks like Brexit and the Trump election win, equity markets performed surprisingly well in the 2017 Financial Year, with the Australian market up around 14% including dividends and global markets up around 20%. Most investors would be ecstatic with this type of performance every year and after the disappointment of the 2016 Financial Year, where most markets went nowhere, was a nice return to positivity for investors. Below we have listed the performance of all of ... [More]

There are now around 80 ETFs available on the ASX with international exposure. This is great news for investors, with the Australian share market making up just 3% of global markets, investors can easily access the other 97% through purchase of an ETF on the ASX. Investors in ETFs may have come across the terms Australian and Internationally domiciled (also known as cross-listed). There’s some subtle differences that the country an ETF is domiciled in brings. Below we’ve taken a look ... [More]

After a reasonably slow start to the year, there’s been a flurry new ETFs listed over the last couple of months covering a broad range of focus areas. This includes everything from large cap focused global funds, to niche industries, and a couple of actively managed ETFs, a trend that shows no signs of abating. Today we’re going to take a brief look at the eight new listings over the last two months. Betashares Global Energy Companies ETF – Currency Hedged (FUEL) Launched ... [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]

After a few years in the investing wilderness, Gold is back! With global sharemarkets seeing the most turmoil since the GFC, primarily driven by worries about Chinese and US growth, Gold is shining again, rising from a low of about US $1,050 an ounce in December, to briefly touch US $1,250 an ounce last week. This represents close to a 20% rise in just a couple of months. Gold is reflecting its safehaven status, and in Australian dollar terms is not far off its all time high set in 201 ... [More]

Getting smart about beta

ETF Watch - Dec 10, 2015

Most market indexes are based purely on weightings by market capitalisation.  This means larger funds by market cap make up a higher weighting of the index. Most ETFs follow these market cap indexes.  A search of the ETF Watch fund database shows by Management type: “Index Tracking” shows 90 of 128 ETFs on the ASX follow this approach. There are some potential shortcomings of market weighted indexes, including: The investor is buying more of overvalued companies and l ... [More]

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