ESG investors reap improved returns

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Research from academics, asset managers and index providers has found a link between good ESG governance and improved financial performance, largely through risk reduction. Targeting high ESG performers can therefore pay real dividends to investors. On the other hand, not implementing ESG can ‘cost’ companies and investors better returns and even mean losses, as anyone

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2016 pivotal year for smart beta ETFs

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Smart beta ETFs gained significant traction in the Australian market in 2016 as an alternative to active management and market capitalisation-weighted index funds, according to Arian Neiron, Managing Director, VanEck. Total flows into smart beta ETFs reached A$563 million accounting for almost 20% of the total Australian ETP[1] flows of $3.06 billion[2] in the 12

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International equity investing slows in lead up to US election  

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During the past month Australian investors are preferring to invest in Australian equity ETPs and defensive asset classes such as cash, fixed income and gold over international equity ETPs. Total inflows into Australian equity ETPs was almost double ($191 million) the investment in international equity ETPs ($101 million) in October[1]. Year-to-date Australian equity ETPs inflows

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ETP industry reaches all-time high: Smart beta and active ETPs attract lion’s share

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Investors are increasingly investing in smart beta and active exchange traded products (ETP) to improve portfolio outcomes and navigate volatility in global and domestic markets according to VanEck. Australia’s ETP industry reached a record high in August ending the month at $23.49 billion. The modest growth of $283m in August reflected investor’s ongoing risk aversion

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Smart beta to become mainstream investment choice

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Smart beta investing will become more prevalent in portfolios and most believe it will outperform active strategies according to VanEck’s survey of Australian financial advisers and brokers on smart beta investing. The new survey found over 90% of financial professionals would consider investing in smart beta strategies in the future and 89% believe smart beta

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VanEck’s China A-shares ETF provides most effective access to China A-shares market

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After the decision yesterday to wind up AMP’s China Growth Fund (AGF), VanEck’s China A-shares ETF (ASX: CETF) is the most effective way for Australian investors to access a diversified portfolio of the most traded A-shares companies in China. Arian Neiron, Managing Director, VanEck Australia, said, “The decision today to wind up AMP’s China Growth Fund

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Gold ETFs shine as investors rush to safety

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Australia’s exchange traded product (ETP) industry experienced negative (-A$54m) outflows of funds in June for first time this year according to ASX monthly ETP data, reflecting investors’ risk aversion. Despite this, the industry attracted a total of A$1.2 billion for the 6 months to 30 June 2016 (YTD) reaching A$22.4 billion, showing that Australia’s ETP

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Strategic beta ETFs making their mark in Australia

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Australian investors are increasingly investing in strategic beta ETFs to achieve above market returns while retaining low costs. Innovation in Australia is following the global trend of basing new products on strategic beta strategies. Investors too are adopting this trend. ASX data shows that 24 percent of ETF inflows to 30 April 2016 are going

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New Global Infrastructure ETF lists on ASX

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VanEck has launched Australia’s first global infrastructure ETF on the ASX giving investors access to infrastructure securities from around the world. VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF (ASX code: IFRA) tracks the FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure 50/50 Hedged into Australian dollars Index, the world’s leading diversified global infrastructure benchmark. Arian Neiron, Managing Director, VanEck Australia

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Lonsec upgrades QUAL ETF to ‘Recommended’

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Van Eck Australia announced today that Lonsec has upgraded its Market Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF to “Recommended”. Arian Neiron, Managing Director, Van Eck Australia said, “The Market Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF (ASX code: QUAL) was the first strategic beta international equity ETF on ASX and it has generated a

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