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 […]

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Still engaged? Let’s make the relationship permanent

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Leading  financial technology firm Decimal has called on superannuation fund trustees to re-think their long-term approach to the perennial issue of fund member engagement. “The superannuation industry has worked hard for many years and has made huge strides towards better engaging members with their super. In fact, the industry has been focused on the ‘engagement conundrum’ […]

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Gold stocks falling short on returns

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Most of the gold stocks in Australia’s gold mining index returned less than the gold price over the last three years according to E.I.M. Capital Managers. Many investors buy gold producing companies to gain a leveraged exposure to movements in gold prices. The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries gold index increased just 38% over the three years to […]

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The rise and rise of new IPOs in Asia, and Asian investors

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Who would have thought – investing in Asia might soon give investors access to European and US companies. Some of Europe and America’s most prestigious companies are shunning the well-established financial centres of London and New York and looking to Asia as a place to list and sell their shares, as well as their handbags. […]

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The changing face of the risk environment

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Direct Risk the big winner as industry ‘comes of age’ According to Rice Warner Actuaries’ latest Direct Life Insurance Report, Australia’s direct life market has experienced growth over the past year that has seen it ‘come of age’. The report reveals a dramatically changing landscape that features new, more sophisticated marketing, wider public acceptance, multi-channel […]

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What’s next for Asian Equities?

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Having bounced back strongly since the lows of 2008, Asian equity markets have recently been through a soft patch, underperforming developed markets such as the US and broader global indices. What’s next for Asia share markets? The recent softness in Asian equity markets stemmed mainly from worries about the impact of rising inflation and the […]

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Retirement can lead to a feeling of abandonment

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It is increasingly recognised that the need for financial advice grows rather than declines in retirement. Yet many baby boomers will find that their financial adviser will also retire at around the same time they do, and won’t be around to give them the additional help they will need during their  retirement, warns Mr Phil Galagher, […]

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Australia lags the world in institutional uptake of ETFs

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Speaking yesterday at an ASX conference on Exchange Traded Funds, Deborah Fuhr, Managing Director of investment company BlackRock, said that while retail investors in Australia had embraced ETFs, institutional investors were slower to adopt them due to a lack of familiarity with these types of products. In the US the ETF market has over a […]

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Market correction provides opportunities in Asian markets

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The current correction in Asian equity markets will lead to an extended period of consolidation that gives investors the opportunity to take advantage of price weaknesses in strong companies, says Mr Evan Erlanson, Chief Investment Officer at Asian equities manager Seres Asset Management. “Despite the general market correction, we remain optimistic on the broad trend […]

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Focus on investor compensation overlooks protection

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Events such as the recent Trio compensation debate and last week’s release of ASIC research findings on the effects on investors of lack of compensation suggest that prevention and protection is being overlooked. Mr Harvey Kalman of Equity Trustees Ltd says he is concerned that, in the debate over compensation and the reports of the […]

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