Five questions to ask before investing in ETFs

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With the popularity of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) growing amongst Australian investors, their biggest challenge can be in choosing between different ETFs that may look very similar, and choosing the right ones for them, says Jonathan Howie, Head of iShares Australia. “A report released this week by Zenith showed that the ETF sector in Australia […]

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Proxy advisors enter the ASX200 gender debate

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2014 could be the year a director of a public company fails to be elected due to proxy advisors’ concerns about board diversity. As part of its analysis of gender diversity and policies in Australia’s largest listed companies, BlackRock has also reviewed the guidelines of the organisations that advise large institutions including superannuation funds on […]

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Nikko Asset Management adds global equity capability to investment suite

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Highly experienced global equity team underscores Nikko Asset Management’s commitment to being a premier global asset manager The addition of a highly experienced global active equity capability is Nikko Asset Management’s latest move in fortifying its investment offering to clients, the company announced yesterday. The Tokyo-based firm has brought in a team of six portfolio […]

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Report finds many ASX200 companies failing to comply with ASX gender diversity reporting recommendations

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78% of ASX200 companies’ gender diversity reporting is perfunctory or worse, according toBlackRock. BlackRock’s review of the 2013 annual reports of companies included in the Standard & Poor’s/ ASX200 stockmarket index has ranked 3% of disclosures surrounding gender diversity as ‘excellent’, 19% as ‘good’ and the others perfunctory, poor or generally non-disclosing. This investigation is […]

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Investors ‘doing a Rumsfeld’ – they don’t know what they don’t know

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Investors at risk through failure to achieve true diversification, says BlackRock Diversification can provide one of the most effective methods of limiting risk, while maximising returns lies in adjusting portfolios to take advantage of the best current global opportunities. But how do you hit that sweet spot between true diversification among all asset classes and […]

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Financial advice valued, but rarely sought

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Australians rank the state of the economy as their number one concern, and only half of all Australians feel confident about their financial future. These were some of the key findings from BlackRock’s inaugural Global Investor Pulse Survey released yesterday. The survey of 17,600 respondents, including 1,000 Australians, was commissioned by the world’s largest investment […]

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ETF evolution – advisers leading the charge

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Client investments implemented through the sophisticated application of ETFs A growing number of advisers are turning to ETFs as a tool to deliver simplification and scale to their business. However, according to BlackRock’s leading ETF business, iShares, it is the way that ETFs are being applied in clients’ portfolios that heralds an underlying shift for […]

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Alternatives myths busted

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Global investment manager clears misconceptions about alternatives Despite their growing popularity, particularly in the institutional space, many investors are still unsure what alternatives really are, let alone how they can best be used to diversify risk in a portfolio. These are the views of Andrew Landman, Head of Client Business for BlackRock. “Alternatives may be […]

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Exit, entry and overshoot: 2013 outlook mid-year update

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Ever-larger doses of monetary stimulus, spiced with a touch of complacency about risk, have driven up asset values around the world, while June’s market volatility provided a reality check for investors. BlackRock Investment Institute’s (BII) recent report Exit, entry and overshoot: 2013 outlook mid-year update debates what’s ahead for global policy and markets. Download the full report here.

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BlackRock report finds glacial change in diversity at ASX 200 companies

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BlackRock Australia has released the findings of its diversity investigation of ASX 200 companies. The following highlights some of the key discoveries, ascertained in the review process of the 2013 annual reports and in talking to the C-suite of these companies. The 2013 BlackRock report Glacial Change in Diversity at ASX 200 Companies – Can […]

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