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

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CommSec: Population growth hits 5-year low and cash is now king

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Demographic data; Financial Accounts Australia’s population grew by 69,703 people over the December quarter to 22,477,378. Annual population growth slowed from 1.57 per cent to 1.47 per cent – the weakest growth rate in almost five years. Despite businesses crying out for skilled migration, the Government’s reduction in the skilled migrant intake meant that in-bound

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S&P Assigns Three-Star Rating To BT European Share Wholesale Fund

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services today assigned its three-star rating to the BT European Share W fund, which is managed by MFS International (U.K.) Ltd. Relative performance has been good since MFS started managing the fund and it is meeting its objective over each rolling three-year period to March 31, 2011. Pleasingly, this has also been

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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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CommSec: China’s inflation dragon is being tamed

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Chinese economic data Inflation still creeping higher. China’s annual inflation rate rose from 5.3 per cent to a 34-month high of 5.5 per cent in May. But the result was only slightly above expectations centred on a result near 5.4 per cent. And the CPI grew by just 0.1 per cent in the month after

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Principal Global Investors’ End of Financial Year Central Bank Watch

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Principal Global Investors releases its Central Bank Watch, covering current and expected interest rate policy at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and Bank of Canada.   The paper evaluates the performance of the central banks over the past the last 12 months, discussing CPI

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Emerging Resources Company Share Fund ranked 4th by Morningstar

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The Emerging Resources Company Share Fund managed by boutique equity fund manager E.I.M. Capital Managers celebrated its fifth anniversary at the end of April. It achieved a 15.8% pa return over the five years putting it in 4th place in the Morningstar rankings of over 2,000 retail investment trusts in Australia. “Our success comes from a

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Asgard supports advisers with new features for eWRAP platform

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Asgard has released an extensive range of new features for its eWRAP platform designed to drive greater productivity and profitability by helping advisers to deliver more customised advice for more clients in less time. The enhancements include simplified share and managed funds trading, significant enhancements to template (model portfolio) functionality and online corporate actions for

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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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