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IShares Europe ETF

Fund Manager: Blackrock
Inception Date: Oct 01, 2007

Blackrock Australia has recently announced that they will be converting 14 of their iShares US domiciled ETFs to Australian domiciled ETFs, removing the pesky W8-BEN form as a requirement for investors in these products. We took a look at the ETFs listed on the ASX last year which are cross listed. There are 25 in total. Removing these 14 in the list will greatly reduce the amount of these, making admin for Australian investors much simpler. What does this mean? Internationally domicile ... [More]

BlackRock restructures US-domiciled ETFs

Investor Daily - May 04, 2018

Speaking to InvestorDaily, BlackRock Australia head of iShares Jon Howie said 14 of its US-domiciled iShares ETF funds would be restructured into Australian-domiciled iShares ETFs. He said the reason for the conversion was because investors were finding it confusing to fill out the tax-related paperwork associated with investing in the US-domiciled funds. While the current standard tax withholding rate was 30 per cent, Australia’s tax treaty with the US meant investors could fill out a tax form called W-8BEN and have the tax rate reduced down to 15 per cent, Mr Howie said. However, the form was “not super easy to read” and needed to be filled out every three years, a process that investors had found “confusing” and “frustrating”. [More]

In one of the most interesting presidential races in many years 6 months, France heads to the polls this weekend, with reformist Emmanuel Macron up against modern day Joan of Arc, Marine Le Pen. With Macron the frontrunner in the election, European share markets are somewhat in a frenzy, with his pro business agenda expected to drive investment in a Europe which is still shocked by Brexit last year and has underperformed somewhat since the GFC. How it all plays out is anyone’s guess, but i ... [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]

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]

To the surprise of everyone except maybe Boris Johnson, with 51.9% of the vote, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Markets have reacted with expected volatility, and experts clamour to give their view on what this unexpected result means. We’re not in a position to provide our own forecasts, but we will look at some of the ETFs that are sure to be affected by this momentous event.  Currency ETFs Upon the Brexit announcement, the UK pound dropped over 10% against the U ... [More]

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