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SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund

Fund Manager: State Street Global Advisors
Inception Date: Aug 01, 2001

Riding the share market rollercoaster

ETF Watch - Nov 07, 2018

The month of October 2018 saw volatility return to global share markets. With fairly benign conditions for a few years now, it did not take long for doom and gloom headlines to dominate as markets fell by anywhere from 10 – 20%. Markets may have stabilised for now but for how long? We take a look at the ETFs and LICs most affected by the falls, and some strategies available to help investors ride out the volatile times. What caused the volatility? October has a certain infamy about i ... [More]

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]

Australia's largest ETF 'highly recommended'

Money Management - Nov 21, 2016

One of Australia's oldest and largest exchange traded fund (ETF) has received a ‘highly recommended' rating from ratings agency, Lonsec Research. The State Street Global Advisors' ETF business, SPDR, managed the S&P/ASX 200 fund (STW) that was Australia's largest ETF, with $2.8 billion in assets under management. It was also the first ETF that launched on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) 15 years ago, alongside SPDR's S&P/ASX 50 fund, the ETF manager said. Lonsec said it had very strong conviction that STW could generate risk adjusted returns in line with its objectives. [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]

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]

The first exchange traded fund (ETF) listed in Australia will now see its fees slashed by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) to reflect the growing attraction of ETFs to mainstream investors. SSGA has announced it will be reducing the fees of the SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (Ticker: STW) from 0.286 per cent per annum down to 0.19 per cent per annum, following a spate of similar fee reductions across the asset manager's global ETF product suite, including the ASX listed SPDR S&P world ex Australia hedged fund and the SPDR S&P world ex Australia fund. Amanda Skelly, head of SPDR ETFs for Australia, said that STW remains the "cornerstone exchange traded fund" of the industry. [More]

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