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Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF

Fund Manager: Vanguard
Inception Date: Oct 01, 2010

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]

Vanguard reduces cost of investing for five funds

Money Management - Oct 04, 2016

Vanguard has lowered the cost of investing in Australia, announcing reductions to the management expense ratios (MERs) on five of its funds from 1 October. The fund manager said that it had decided to drive down investing costs for its clients in Australia after it had first reduced the cost of investing with its mutual structure in the US.  The MERs reductions would apply to Vanguard's three wholesale managed funds and two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and would see a drop in MERs by 0.02 per cent for Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield Fund, Vanguard International Credit Securities Index Fund (hedged) and for Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF. At the same time, an MER reduction of 0.01 per cent would apply to Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index Fund and Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF.  [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]

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]

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