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VanEck Vectors MSCI World Ex-Australia ETF

Fund Manager: VanEck
Inception Date: Oct 01, 2014

Hamish Douglass has doubled down on his growth push and says the two biggest opportunities Magellan has in front of it are its low-carbon funds and the chance to crack the "self-directed" retail investor market. The fund manager and chief executive also challenges the suggestion that the $50 billion Magellan is a mature business because it is still willing to take risks. "If we didn't do anything and operate like other people, yes we would be," he says, but the company's investment in marketing and its ASX-listed product platform was evidence of its vigilance against complacency.   [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]

VanEck today announced that research house Zenith Partners has awarded a ‘Recommended’ rating to its VanEck Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF (ASX:MVW) and VanEck Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF (ASX:QUAL). Arian Neiron, Managing Director VanEck Australia, said, “We are delighted to receive a ‘Recommended’ rating from Zenith for two of our smart beta ETFs. The ratings are a testament to each funds’ ability to achieve its target investment objective. MVW provides investors with unique exposure to the Australian share market by providing an equal weight approach. QUAL provides exposure to quality international equities identified by three key fundamental factors: high return on equity; stable year-on-year earnings growth; and low financial leverage,” Mr Neiron said. According to Zenith, “The equal weight methodology employed by MVW creates balanced exposure, removing all biases to stocks by weight of market cap,” the report said. “Given the inherent concentrations in the Australian equities market, Zenith believes that exposure to an index which uses a simple mechanism to re-weight capitalisation exposure will find appeal to those seeking compromise between cost and diversification,” the report said. [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]

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]

Lonsec upgrades QUAL ETF to ‘recommended’

Professional Planner - Feb 04, 2016

Van Eck Australia announced today that Lonsec has upgraded its Market Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF to “Recommended”. Arian Neiron, Managing Director, Van Eck Australia said, “The Market Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF (ASX code: QUAL) was the first strategic beta international equity ETF on ASX and it has generated a great deal of investor interest particularly from financial advisers, brokers and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. This upgrade from Lonsec is a testament of the ETF’s ability to deliver on its investment objectives.” QUAL gives investors instant access via a single ASX trade to a portfolio of 300 quality international companies which are included based on analysis by MSCI on three key fundamentals: high return on equity, stable year-on-year earnings growth and low financial leverage. QUAL tracks the MSCI World ex Australia Quality Index. [More]

Record-breaking year predicted for ETFs

Professional Planner - Jan 15, 2016

The sharemarket’s shaky start in 2016, after falling for the past 11 months, is prompting a surge of investment in exchange traded products (ETPs) that may exceed $8 billion in 2016.  Low return expectations are prompting investors to seek low cost and transparent portfolios. Arian Neiron, Managing Director, Van Eck Australia, expects investment in ETPs this year will eclipse the past year’s growth. At 2015 year-end, investment in ETPs traded on the ASX stood at a record $21.34bn, up 42 per cent from $15.01bn a year earlier. “Market falls in the first weeks of 2016 have made front page news, highlighting investor fear. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are a subset of ETPs.  ETF investors have always had the benefit of diversity that overcomes single company risk.  In Australia we have seen more investors seeking to diversify away from the large miners and banks that have led the market down. [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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