BetaShares is a leading provider of exchange traded funds (“ETFs“) which are traded on the Australian Securities Exchange. BetaShares offers a range of funds which cover Australian equities, international equities, cash, currencies, commodities and alternative strategies.
Our objective is to expand the universe of investment possibilities for investors in Australia, enabling Australians investors to build more robust, diversified and cost effective investment portfolios.
BetaShares is a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group, one of Asia’s largest asset management firms. See www.betashares.com.au
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Thematic trend investors relies more on recognising how the world is changing over the long term, and finding sectors that will benefit, rather than the more cyclical approach of picking short-term winners.
ETF users are younger and female, attracted to responsible investing, global equities and fixed income, as the sector continues to evolve rapidly. It will probably exceed $50 billion soon.
In the US, ETFs represent about 16% of the entire managed fund space, but in Australia, it is only 1.5%. With many strategies available including Active ETFs, the growth outlook is strong.
ETFs reached over $40 billion by the end of 2018, with international equities ranked first for net flows, and a rapid growth in fixed income products. Cap-weighted indexes dominated but smart beta is gaining ground.
Guest Editor, Alex Vynokur, has watched the active versus passive debate for many years, and although he runs an ETF business, he sees a role for both investment techniques in most portfolios.
Most portfolios will benefit from a mix of passive and active strategies, as there are market conditions where one might do better than the other. ETFs now cover a wide range of structures, not only indexing.
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BetaShare’s latest ETF review finds Australia’s ETF industry has recorded its highest ever trading value in October, with $3.9 billion in value traded, despite the overall share market decline.
The fast-growing use of robots and artificial intelligence is a major investment trend that potentially offers significant opportunities for investors.