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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,…

When Betashares launched their Australia 200 ETF (A200) a little over a year ago, they broke new ground in index investing in Australia. With fees of 0.07% per annum, it was the lowest cost Australian focused ETF by far, at…

Looking back at ETFs in 2018

ETF Watch - Jan 17, 2019

As reported in our last post, 2018 was a turbulent year for investors, with falls in the latter half of the year seeing more losers than winners on the ETF front. Share price movements, although painful to investors in 2018…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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