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iShares UBS Composite Bond ETF

Fund Manager: Blackrock
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]

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]

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]

BlackRock launches Aussie 'core' ETFs

InvestorDaily - Apr 28, 2016

BlackRock has launched five new 'core' ETFs for Australian investors, designed to provide low-cost access to the key exposures used by investors to construct diversified, long-term portfolios. The iShares Core range of ETFs comprises three equity and two fixed-income ETFs, BlackRock said in a statement. Head of iShares Australia Jon Howie said passive funds are becoming a starting point for many discussions on portfolio design. “We are seeing a shift in usage as passive investments increasingly move to the core of client portfolios and investors use them to build low cost and diversified solutions for the long term,” he said. The iShares Core ETFs can be combined to provide global multi-asset class exposure, including newly launched exposures to the MSCI World Investable Market Index, the statement said. The index captures large-, mid- and small-cap companies across 23 developed market countries, and covers around 99 per cent of the free float-adjusted market capitalisation in each of those countries. [More]

Australia's exchange-traded fund market is booming and investors are reaping the rewards with lower fees and greater investment choice. The local ETF market more than doubled in size to $21.09 billion in the two years ended 2015, with the strongest inflows split equally between Australian equities and international equities ($1.7 billion each). "It's gone from being an obscure investment that most people had never heard about to being something that a significant part of the SMSF and self-directed market, as well as the adviser market, is now adopting," BetaShares managing director Alex Vynokur says. While investment markets have remained volatile in 2016, the ETF industry continued to post net inflows in January and February as interest turned towards "risk-off" gold and cash ETFs, Vynokur says.   Market Vectors ETFs' managing director Arian Neiron​ says the ability for intra-day trading, combined with low fees in a transparent structure, is resonating with investors. [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]

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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