Gold continues to display its versatile qualities

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Gold played a vital role for investors in 2020, providing portfolio insurance during a time of market stress, and now it is displaying its role as an effective diversifier of returns, according to ETF Securities. The gold price picked up strongly in April, rising more than 5% to US$1,775 an ounce, providing evidence that despite the... Read more continue reading

Emerging markets underperformance prompts strategists to pick and choose

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Investors are changing the way they approach emerging markets (EM), dumping traditional blanket coverage in favour of picking specific countries. Traditionally, emerging markets investors would buy into a wide range of countries like Brazil, Russia, Turkey and South Africa all at once. They would often do so via emerging markets funds or ETFs. However, the... Read more continue reading

20 years on, the Australian ETF industry surpasses A$100 billion

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Vanguard Australia has recorded its strongest first quarter for cash flows on record with A$1.56 billion in ETF inflows, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Vanguard. More broadly, the Australian ETF industry has surpassed the A$100 billion milestone with A$102 billion in AUM as at the end of... Read more continue reading

Australian Super adds ETF Securities market leading GOLD ETP to its member direct investment menu

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One of Australia’s largest super fund, Australian Super with over $200billion in AUM and over 2.2million members, has added ETFS Physical GOLD ETF (ASX: GOLD) to its member direct menu, due to increased demand for Australia’s largest GOLD ETP. The Australian Super Member Direct offers a choice of investments for super or retirement income. Members... Read more continue reading

Investors pour in ETFs ‘driving the future’ as Biden administration firms up climate change policies

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One of Australia’s top-performing exchange traded funds, ETF Securities’ ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF, has a portfolio positioned at the centre of fast-paced action on climate under the new Biden administration in the United States. Last week, US President Joe Biden announced that the US government will replace its fleet of 650,000 vehicles with... Read more continue reading

CPD: Understanding the differences between ETFs, LICs and Unlisted Funds

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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Listed Investment Companies (LICs) and Unlisted Managed Funds are all popular vehicle structures amongst investment managers to deliver portfolios to their clients. While there are similarities between each structure, there are also a number of key differences that clients must be aware of, as these differences ultimately determine the most suitable... Read more continue reading

Investing in India in the post-COVID world can provide attractive returns

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Investors considering emerging markets for diversification are often attracted to the Asian region due to the well documented growing middle-class and economic prospects that build a growth case for this region. While China has been a long-held investment darling, India’s star is on the rise and many nations, including Australia, are seeking to forge closer... Read more continue reading

Vanguard records strongest ever year in ETF inflows despite extraordinary market volatility in 2020

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Vanguard Australia has recorded A$5.7 billion in ETF inflows in 2020 (up 12 per cent from 2019), making it the best ever year on record according to the latest figures released by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Vanguard. In addition to leading cash flows, Vanguard remains the largest issuer of ETFs by assets under... Read more continue reading

CPD: Environment, social and governance risks are financial risks – when looking at ETFs

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Over the past 12 months many clients have been looking for funds where the role of environment, social and governance (ESG) factors in adding value to an investment practice have been highlighted.[1]  In addition to this, there has been a number of new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in the market with a focus on ESG... Read more continue reading

ETFs: a bright future?

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In this session, Janus Henderson Investors’ (JHI) Head of Exchange Traded Products Nick Cherney and JHI’s Head of Australia Matt Gaden discussed the trends they see taking shape in the ETF landscape, tackled questions around ETFs experiencing liquidity issues and provided a glimpse into the future of the Australian ETF landscape based on the parallels... Read more continue reading