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ETFS S&P/ASX 300 High Yield Plus ETF

Fund Manager: ETFS
Inception Date: Jun 01, 2015

Research group Lonsec has flagged with advisers the importance of understanding how smart beta exchange-traded funds determine their index construction rules in order to maximise client returns. There can be significant differences in investment outcomes even among investment products that appear to offer something very similar, Lonsec said in a statement. [More]

Global interest rates are at record lows and investors are searching for returns in excess of the measly couple of percent they can get on bank deposits. Retirees in particular rely on income returns to fund their pension payments from their super funds, and Australian tax laws favour income payments in the form of dividends for those on low tax brackets. All of the above factors contribute to Australian investors’ obsession with yield. Today we will take a look at some of the equity based ... [More]

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) focused on high yield within the US share market has returned 11.94 per cent over the last six months, establishing itself as the best-performing ETF on the ASX for the period. The ETF, which was designed by ANZ ETFs to generate yield while mitigating volatility, produced a six-month return of 11.94 per cent over the second half of 2015. The double-digit return comes as ETFs continue to gain in popularity, with the industry expected to grow by $8 billion this year. ANZ ETFs head, Kris Walesby, said: "We are delighted our 'all weather' product suite is providing Australian investors with attractive returns – particularly during times of market downturn." [More]

Getting smart about beta

ETF Watch - Dec 10, 2015

Most market indexes are based purely on weightings by market capitalisation.  This means larger funds by market cap make up a higher weighting of the index. Most ETFs follow these market cap indexes.  A search of the ETF Watch fund database shows by Management type: “Index Tracking” shows 90 of 128 ETFs on the ASX follow this approach. There are some potential shortcomings of market weighted indexes, including: The investor is buying more of overvalued companies and l ... [More]

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