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VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF

Fund Manager: VanEck
Inception Date: May 03, 2016

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]

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]

VanEck today announced that Lonsec has assigned a ‘Recommended (Index)’ rating to its VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF (ASX code: IFRA). Arian Neiron, Managing Director, VanEck Australia, said, “We are pleased to receive a ‘Recommended Index’ rating from Lonsec. Lonsec’s report highlights two of IFRA’s key strengths, the sub-sector capping which ensures investors receive diversification across the infrastructure sector and its cost effectiveness relative to unlisted active managed fund peers. “IFRA is the first and only global infrastructure ETF that gives investors access to a portfolio of global infrastructure securities via a single trade on the ASX. IFRA tracks the FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 Index (Hedged AUD), the predominant infrastructure benchmark used by industry professionals such as asset consultants and fund managers,” Neiron said. [More]

Global infrastructure ETF launched on ASX

InvestorDaily - May 03, 2016

ETF provider Van Eck Vectors has launched a new ETF that tracks the FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 index, hedged into Australian dollars. The Van Eck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF, with ticker 'IFRA', will be listed on the ASX later today, according to Van Eck managing director Arian Neiron. "We are excited to be the first asset manager and ETF provider to give Australian investors the opportunity to access a portfolio of global infrastructure securities via the ASX," Mr Neiron said. "IFRA meets increasing investor demand for global infrastructure which has traditionally provided investors with stable incomes and low correlation to other asset classes," he said. The FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 is run by FTSE Russell, with stocks in the portfolio weighted according to three broad industry sectors: 50 per cent utilities, 30 per cent transportation, and 20 per cent pipelines, satellites and communication towers. [More]

FTSE Russell, the global index provider, announces that VanEck Australia, one of Australia’s prominent providers of exchange traded products, has chosen to license the FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 Index for its latest Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), the VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF. Last year, after consultation with key market practitioners, the FTSE Infrastructure Index Series was expanded to include the 50/50 indexes, which provide an industry-defined interpretation of infrastructure and adjust the exposure to certain infrastructure sub-sectors. The expansion of the index series is in response to increased interest in this relatively young asset class, led by market participants diversifying into real assets such as infrastructure and real estate. [More]

Market Vectors has decided to adopt their parent brand VanEck for the branding of all of their ETFs, with the brand "Market Vectors Investments Limited" to now be known as "VanEck Investments Limited". From 2 May all funds will be known by their new name. The below table shows the funds affected: ASX Code Old Name New Name MVA Market Vectors Australian Property ETF VanEck Vectors Australian Property ETF MVB M ... [More]

VanEck today announced that it is in the final stages of preparations to launch two new ETFs on ASX: 1. VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF (ASX code: IFRA) 2. VanEck Vectors S&P/ASX Franked Dividend ETF (ASX code: FDIV) [More]

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