Old school structure: New school of investing

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A tax effective investment to complement contributions to super and support longer-term investment goals A new, tax effective investment bond that combines an old-school investment vehicle with the best of modern investment thinking has been developed by Centuria Capital – and is already being speedily adopted by independent adviser groups seeking the best outcomes for clients, especially those considering

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Vanguard launches two new international ETFs

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Vanguard announced the expansion of its suite of low cost products with the launch of two new international shares exchange traded funds (ETFs) quoted for trading on the ASX yesterday. The Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF (ASX: VGS) and the Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares (hedged) ETF (ASX:VGAD) offer investors exposure to around 1500

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Active and passive funds are not mutually exclusive

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Mark Oliver, head of retail at BlackRock Australia, says that in the ongoing debate about active versus passive funds, investors who continue to think in terms of one or the other may miss out on the benefits of strategies that bring together both approaches. “As investors and advisers focus on building portfolios that are optimized

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Inflows on the rise for US dollar ETF

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Investors looking to capitalise on a falling AUD A growing number of investors are looking to capitalise on a potential further decline in the Australian dollar with trading data from BetaShares, a leading exchange traded fund (ETF) provider, showing significant inflows into its US Dollar ETF in September. With the Australian dollar hitting seven month

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SMSF assets hit record $557bn – exposure to ETFs growing

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The assets of Australian self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) surged in value to a record $557.1 billion in the June 2014 quarter, according to ATO data released last week, creating a huge opportunity for the local exchange traded funds (ETF) market to attract funds from this sector, according to Arian Neiron, Managing Director of Market Vectors

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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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ETF industry grows despite sharemarket stalling

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The growth of the Australian exchange-traded fund market continued in August to reach a new record high of $12.4B in assets under management according to the BetaShares Australian ETF Review – August 2014. Total funds under management increased by around $200 million, the growth particularly striking as it was almost entirely attributable to new money

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Emerging markets offer promise for remainder of 2014: Van Eck Global

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Emerging markets economies are poised to offer higher economic growth for the remainder of 2014 than recent previous corresponding periods, according to Van Eck Global, the US parent company of its exchange traded fund business, Market Vectors ETFs. Van Eck Global currently manages over US$35 billion in assets. David Semple, Portfolio Manager and Head of Van

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Global ETF investors return to Emerging Markets

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In July, ETF investors added close to US$35.5BN to ETFs globally, helping to maintain the industry’s close to US$2.6TN in assets under management. Strong positive flows were seen across the US, Europe and APAC, with Australia based ETFs receiving $368m in flows – improving on last month’s record inflow of $354m. The increasing escalation in

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BetaShares announces strategic alliance with US ETF provider WisdomTree

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BetaShares has announced a strategic alliance with WisdomTree Investments, Inc. a leading exchange-traded product sponsor and asset manager. Under the terms of the agreement, BetaShares has been granted exclusive rights to market the full range of WisdomTree US listed ETFs in Australia and New Zealand to institutional investors. In addition, BetaShares and WisdomTree will explore

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