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Vanguard Australian Shares Index

Fund Manager: Vanguard
Inception Date: May 01, 2009

Vanguard’s Australian Shares Fund (VAS) is no doubt a favourite of many Australian ETF investors. With over $2.6b in funds under management and almost $1b new investments in the last 12 months, it is now the second largest ETF in Australia. Vanguard’s other large Australian based share fund, Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield Fund (VHY) has recently passed the $1b mark, adding almost $300m over the last year. Australian ETF investors have a penchant for yield, and a common ques ... [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]

Vanguard unfazed by BetaShares undercut

Investor Daily - Apr 09, 2018

On Thursday, BetaShares announced the launch of a new Australian shares ETF with management costs of just 0.07 per cent, half that of the 0.14 per cent charged by the Vanguard fund that was previously the lowest cost product in this category globally. Reflecting on the announcement, Vanguard Australia head of corporate affairs Robin Bowerman told InvestorDaily his organisation can demonstrate a widespread commitment to its investment philosophy notwithstanding the activity of market competitors.   “The good news is that costs continue to drop, both in Australia and globally, for investors,” Mr Bowerman said. [More]

The BetaShares Australia 200 ETF — A200 — is due to launch this month with management costs of just 0.07 per cent per annum. Indeed it’s even cheaper than State Street’s SPDR S&P 500 ETF — the world’s biggest — at 0.095 per cent.   <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.24em; color: rgb(68, 68, 67); font-family: " adobe="" garamond="" pro",="" georgia,="" "times="" new="" roman",="" times,="" serif,="" -apple-system,="" blinkmacsystemfont,="" "segoe="" ui",="" "droid="" sans",="" "helvetica="" neue",="" "pingfang="" sc",="" "hiragino="" sans="" gb",="" fallback",="" "microsoft="" yahei",="" sans-serif,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 22px;="" font-variant-ligatures:="" common-ligatures;"="">Speaking to The Australian, BetaShares CEO Alex Vynokur said A200 would offer a low-cost starting point for share portfolios that had been missing from the Australian marketplace. [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]

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]

Australia’s exchange-traded funds market is surging towards the 2016 finish line at a blistering pace, with net capital inflows in October topping $600 million. At this point, total inflows in the current quarter are on track to easily surpass the $1.02 billion of investor funds that flowed into the 150 or so ETFs listed on the Australian Securities Exchange during the three months to the end of September. So, if all goes according to plan — for the ETF product issuers, that is — the total inflow of funds into Australian-listed ETFs for 2016 should be in the vicinity of $5bn, and potentially more. [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]

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]

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