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ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF

Fund Manager: ETF Securities
Inception Date: Sep 14, 2017

A new breed of technology funds is changing how Australians invest in global tech companies. But these exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have unusual traits and potentially higher risk. Several ETF issuers have launched ASX-quoted funds over global tech indices and more are on the way. Investor interest in tech is rising as artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security and other emerging tech capture the market's imagination. ETFs range from BetaShares funds over the NASDAQ 100 index and a cybersecurity index to ETF Securities' fund over robotics and AI stocks and another issued over a Morningstar index that identifies tech companies with sustainable advantage. [More]

Tech ETFs under the microscope

AFR - Jun 04, 2018

Several exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers have launched ASX-quoted funds over global tech indices and more are on the way. But these ETFs have unusual characteristics and can carry higher risk for investors.. Here is what's on offer and how they work. 1. BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF (NDQ) This is a simple way to get exposure to tech giants listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market in the US. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet (owner of Google) and Intel make up almost half the NASDAQ-100 index on which the ETF is based.   It has returned 15.8 per cent annually since inception in May 2015. A management expense ratio (MER) of 48 basis points is competitive for an ASX-quoted international ETF. [More]

ETF Securities reaches $1bn in AUM

Money Management - Apr 27, 2018

ETF Securities has announced its assets under management (AUM) have reached $1 billion, with ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) now worth almost $600 million, with returns of 6.07 per cent over the last six months. According to ETF Securities Australia’s Australian chief executive, Kris Walesby, Australian investors began to feel more confident and comfortable in using exchange traded funds (ETFs) to help them build their portfolios. [More]

As the Australian ETF market matures, there are only so many traditional index weighted ETFs available for product issuers to target. Whilst there are still a few gaps (where’s the ASX listed FTSE ETF?), we expect new issues of these types of ETFs to further decline. This means ETF issuers need to get more creative in their listings, finding themes, trends and strategies that attract investor funds. One of the most exciting developments in ETFs over the last couple of years has been the ... [More]

While artificial intelligence still feels like it belongs in the domain of science fiction, it is already part of many of our lives – at least in a juvenile form. Every time you ask Apple's Siri or Google's Alexa a question, the voice recognition software and algorithms that produce responses to your probably trifling questions is a form of AI. The software that helps Tesla cars drive autonomously and now guides the massive mining trucks of the Pilbara trundling along their paths is also a form of artificial intelligence. The tasks that once would have required the application of human brains can now – to various degrees of success – be performed by a computer. No wonder, then, that analysts at Citigroup predict AI "could be just as disruptive as the advent of the smartphone".   [More]

As the Australian ETF market begins to mature, the number of new ETF listings have begun to slow down. However, this has meant that any new listings coming through tend to focus on specific market niches or themes rather than the more broad based markets that we saw in the early days of the rise in ETF popularity. ETF Securities, after earlier this year taking back the branding of their ETF products (previously having a joint venture with ANZ), have recently been launching a number of new E ... [More]

Robotics-themed ETF launched on ASX

Investor Daily - Sep 15, 2017

The ETF Securities ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO), which tracks the ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index, began trading on the ASX yesterday. A spokesperson told InvestorDaily that ETF Securities will pay a fee to ROBO Global for its use of the index.   [More]

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