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iShares S&P/ASX Dividend Opportunities Fund ETF

Fund Manager: Blackrock
Inception Date: Dec 01, 2010

Global interest rates are at record lows and investors are searching for returns in excess of the measly couple of percent they can get on bank deposits. Retirees in particular rely on income returns to fund their pension payments from their super funds, and Australian tax laws favour income payments in the form of dividends for those on low tax brackets. All of the above factors contribute to Australian investors’ obsession with yield. Today we will take a look at some of the equity based ... [More]

A new strategy for yield-hungry investors

Switzer Daily - Mar 17, 2016

Low cash rates continue to challenge income-seeking investors. With the current cash rate of around 2%, term deposits are now just a little under 3%– well down from the 6% to 7% highs of 2011. In such a low-interest environment, investors have had to rethink their income exposure away from term deposits. It’s not surprising that Australian companies paying good dividends have been popular with yield-hungry investors. Companies like the big banks and Telstra have provided investors with dividend yield of around 6% to 7%. These stocks are now a big part of most income targeted portfolios.  A range of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can also meet the needs of income-seeking investors. Growth and innovation in the ETF market now means investors can invest across a range of asset classes, including fixed-income. Using these strategies can provide investors with the opportunity to enhance the income in their portfolio.  [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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