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BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF - Currency Hedged

Fund Manager: BetaShares
Inception Date: May 01, 2011

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]

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]

After a few years in the investing wilderness, Gold is back! With global sharemarkets seeing the most turmoil since the GFC, primarily driven by worries about Chinese and US growth, Gold is shining again, rising from a low of about US $1,050 an ounce in December, to briefly touch US $1,250 an ounce last week. This represents close to a 20% rise in just a couple of months. Gold is reflecting its safehaven status, and in Australian dollar terms is not far off its all time high set in 201 ... [More]

In our last post we looked at some of the Listed Investment Companies (LICs) that investors could use to smooth out periods of volatility like global share markets have experienced in the first few weeks of 2016. Today we’re going to look at 7 strategies that may help get through periods of volatility and some of the Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that utilise these strategies. 1. Equal Weight ETFs We touched on Equal Weight ETFs in our post Getting Smart about Beta. These are funds wh ... [More]

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