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Vanguard Australian Fixed Interest Index

Fund Manager: Vanguard
Inception Date: Oct 01, 2012

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 exchange traded funds market is expanding as issuers launch ETFs that provide exposure to different assets, sectors or strategies. The following is a selection of newer-style exchange-traded products (ETPs), but remember you'll also need to assess factors such tracking differences, cost and liquidity to help you make the best choice. [More]

Most investors hold bank shares and deposits, which book-end a rich capital structure. Yet few have exposure to the assets that reside in between — including senior bonds, subordinated bonds, hybrids and securities like AAA rated "covered bonds", which rank ahead of, and are actually safer than, wholesale deposits. Years ago my team developed a plan to launch a passive exchange traded fund (ETF) that would invest in senior-ranking, floating-rate notes issued by Australia's top banks. The idea was to furnish punters with a liquid and divisible medium through which to access the superior interest rates on offer in the $1.6 trillion unlisted bond market, which trades in minimum $500,000 parcels. We shelved the plan because the economics did not stack up for an active manager. [More]

If 2015 was a year to forget for most investors, 2016 was certainly a year to remember, with global sharemarkets rallying, particularly in the back half of the year. Conversely investors in cash and fixed interest assets suffered with cash rates remaining at or near record lows and the threat of future increases in interest rates impacting returns on fixed interest assets. Back when we first launched ETF Watch, we developed the hypothetical lowest cost ETF portfolio available on the ASX, ... [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]

Defensive ETFs flourish through volatile January

Money Management - Feb 29, 2016

Defensive exchange traded funds (ETFs) are minimising the impact of market volatility, as investors look for alternative opportunities, robo-advice provider, Stockspot believes. In its February ETF update, Stockspot reported that January 2016 saw volatility and share market falls across the globe which led to the first negative month of ETF funds under management (FUM) growth since August 2015 (falling four per cent), while the commodities sector had the highest monthly increase in FUM largely due to a 10 per cent rise in the gold price. "Inflows into the fixed income and cash sector also highlights risk aversion during January," the report said. [More]

5 listed funds to outperform a falling market

Motley Fool Australia - Feb 16, 2016

With the S&P/ASX 200 now down around 20%, and markets getting cheaper by the day, right now is the best time in a long time to buy stocks. However, it also might be a good time to consider investments that can provide some diversification if stock prices continue to fall. Here are five funds to consider: [More]

2015 certainly was not a year to remember for most investors with global share markets ending the year pretty close to where they started. Nevertheless, last year we put together our Lowest cost ETF portfolio available on the ASX.  This showed that a diversified ETF portfolio could be invested in with management fees between 0.21% and 0.27% depending on the risk tolerance selected. Now that we’ve got through 2015 it’s time to look at how that portfolio performed in 2015. ... [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]

If you ask a proponent of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) why they like ETFs, without a doubt the conversation will soon move to their low cost nature.  It’s true that the majority of ETFs are more cost effective than alternative funds.  This is generally due to the fact that in most cases ETF investors are not paying expert fund managers to outperform the benchmarks, rather the investor is paying for operational efficiency to ensure performance in line with the benchmark. If we ... [More]

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