Investors reap dividends in volatile market

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The 2011 reporting season has rewarded investors with dividends as companies unload excess cash from their balance sheets in the face of a lower growth environment according to new data released by Russell Investments. This season the market has delivered a 9% increase in dividends to investors compared to the previous reporting season. The growth... Read more continue reading

ETF industry experiences net redemption in August

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While the local ETF market has boomed over the past three years, August saw a reversal of this trend as the industry experienced net redemptions of approximately $70 million as assets under management contracted, according to the BetaShares Australian ETF Review. Although the shrinking of net assets position of ETFs was small, the month of... Read more continue reading

ETFs perform as promised during market turmoil

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Exchange traded funds (ETFs) performed exactly as intended during the recent market volatility, according to State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Australia’s flagship ETF, the SPDR® S&P®/ASX 200 Fund (STW), enjoyed high liquidity and tight spreads throughout the recent market turmoil and closely tracked the index net asset value, despite the extreme volatility. Frank Henze, Asia... Read more continue reading

Launch of first gold bullion MINI on ASX

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Investors can now access leveraged investment in pure gold bullion exposure on ASX. Leading ETF provider BetaShares today announced the launch of a leveraged trading tool on the BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF (A$ Hedged). The Macquarie QAU Mini Long (ASX Code: QAUKMA) allows investors to access leveraged exposure to gold without margin calls.  For a... Read more continue reading

Latest global ETP and ETF industry highlights

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In the first half of 2011, ETFs and ETPs attracted US$82.6 Bn of net new assets, 27.4% above the level of 2010’s first half. Net inflows in H1 2011 indicate that the ETF/ETP industry is off to a much faster start this year, since this half has been historically slow in terms of net new... Read more continue reading

Three out of five sector ETFs have outperformed the ASX200

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Australian-owned ETF provider, Australian Index Investments (Aii), sector ETFs have had an exceptional year with its resources, metals & mining and industrials ETFs providing investors with returns well in excess of the broader benchmark 200 index. “The resource sector has again outperformed on a yearly basis with investors in our Metals & Mining ETF enjoying... Read more continue reading

Aussie dividends ETF catches eye of international investors

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Russell urges investors to consider cash alternatives with new ETF Global investment services firm Russell Investments is encouraging investors to think outside term deposits and cash and look for income alternatives such as high dividend paying shares which can boost returns, provide capital growth and be more tax effective. Russell’s High Dividend Australian Shares ETF... Read more continue reading

Australia sets the standard in ETF regulation

BetaShares Capital Ltd (BetaShares), one of Australia’s leading exchange traded fund (ETF) providers, says Australia is leading the way with best practice standards for regulating ETFs that are designed to ensure Australia avoids issues raised in the recent Bank for International Settlements (BIS) paper on the risk of ETFs. Some of the key issues highlighted... Read more continue reading

Digging Deeper: Institutional ETF investment in Australia

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The Australian ETF market has gathered momentum over the last two years, gathering AUM across a range of products, investment styles and providers.   However unlike the US or Europe, the growth of these investment vehicles in the local market has been largely driven by retail investors, with most institutional investors seemingly reluctant to get... Read more continue reading

ETF Landscape: Global Industry Highlights

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Deborah Fuhr, Managing Director and Global Head of ETF Research and Implementation Strategy at BlackRock, reports on the growth of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchanged Traded Products (ETPs) around the globe. At the end of May 2011, the global ETF industry had 2,747 ETFs with 6,079 listings and assets of US$1,446.6 Bn, from 142 providers on... Read more continue reading