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The 2019 Financial Year was certainly a year of two halves. Global selloffs saw share markets fall anywhere from 10-20% in late 2018, bringing doom and gloom back into the market. However, almost as if a switch was flicked on…

When the ETF market closed in on $40 billion last financial year, we knew it was only a matter of time until the $50 billion milestone was hit. Rounding out the 2019 Financial Year, the milestone was hit last month,…

Blackrock Australia has recently announced that they will be converting 14 of their iShares US domiciled ETFs to Australian domiciled ETFs, removing the pesky W8-BEN form as a requirement for investors in these products. We took a look at the…

As the Australian ETF market matures, there are only so many traditional index weighted ETFs available for product issuers to target. Whilst there are still a few gaps (where’s the ASX listed FTSE ETF?), we expect new issues of these…

2017 ETF & LIC Performance Report

ETF Watch - Jan 15, 2018

Investors may look back on 2017 as a year of remarkably low volatility. As the world digested events like Brexit, the leader of the free world's erratic ways and the emergence of Bitcoin mania, equity markets marched forward unhindered by what was…

In a period which included shocks like Brexit and the Trump election win, equity markets performed surprisingly well in the 2017 Financial Year, with the Australian market up around 14% including dividends and global markets up around 20%. Most investors…

Update November 2018 - This year iShares turned all of their ETFs into locally domiciled ETFs. We've updated the post below to reflect these changes. There are now around 80 ETFs available on the ASX with international exposure. This is…

2016 ETF and LIC Performance Report

ETF Watch - Jan 15, 2017

Below we have listed the performance of all of the ETFs and LICs that we follow at ETF Watch in the 2016 calendar year. Only funds which were available on 1 January 2016 have been included. An end of year share…

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…

After a reasonably slow start to the year, there’s been a flurry new ETFs listed over the last couple of months covering a broad range of focus areas. This includes everything from large cap focused global funds, to niche industries,…

The end of the financial year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been. Fund managers use it as an opportunity to let the world know how they have performed over the last year and try…

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