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iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF

Fund Manager: Blackrock
Inception Date: Dec 01, 2010

The rise of ETFs has brought low cost investing to the masses. One of the first things an advocate of ETFs will quote is their low cost, which ultimately means more money stays with the investor rather than the fund manager. We remember a time not that long ago where investors in managed funds would pay over 2% per annum in management fees for a basic product designed to track the index. This generally included a hefty trailing commission to be paid to a financial adviser whether you used the ... [More]

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]

Whilst all the excitement in recent times has focused on the proliferation of Smart Beta and Actively Managed ETFs, our look at the top ETF inflows for FY2016 showed that by far the most popular ETFs remain the traditional index weighted funds. For those looking for exposure to the broad Australian market, there’s 3 funds which dominate this space, these being iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ), SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) and Vanguard Australian Shares Index (VAS). These funds all feat ... [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]

Empowering advisors to building better ETP Portfolios

Professional Planner - Jul 19, 2016

Advisors and direct investors alike increasingly enjoy an unprecedented array of access to new asset classes and most importantly, “peer” product competition across the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) and overall Exchange Traded Product (ETP) landscape. Whilst next month marks 15 years since Australia’s first ETF listed on the ASX, what we can be grateful for over the last 5 years is that we have seen rapid change, almost by stealth, across the product landscape with some 97 products being issued. Understanding and acceptance has enhanced markedly and enabling technologies continue to improve. Issuers have stepped up significantly to provide a diverse and dynamic product landscape with which to enable the acceleration of ETF usage and, occasionally, to escalate real price competition. [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]

iShares IOZ now tracking the S&P/ASX 200

Professional Planner - Dec 01, 2015

The benchmark index for the iShares MSCI Australia 200 ETF (ASX ticker: IOZ) has changed from the MSCI Australia 200 Index to the S&P/ASX 200 Index.  As a result of this change the iShares ETF has been renamed the iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF. All other features of the iShares ETF – including fees and the ASX ticker – will remain the same, according to Mr Jon Howie, head of iShares Australia. “The S&P/ASX 200 Index is widely considered to be the preeminent Australian equity benchmark. We are changing the benchmark index to better align the iShares ETF’s exposures to the benchmark index that is referred to by most investors and the market,” Mr Howie says. [More]

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