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IShares Global 100 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]

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]

The most recent ETF to be launched and the first of 2017 is a new globally focused fund offered by Betashares, the Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) has a focus on companies which are ‘climate change leaders’ and are not ‘engaged in activities deemed inconsistent with responsible investment considerations’. In other words it is has an ethical and environmental sustainability focus. We had a look at Ethical ETFs a few months back. Until now there were 7 ETFs ... [More]

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