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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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.
Devices connected to the internet, not just phones and laptops, are increasingly part of everyday life. Soon, it will be our lights and doorbells, and later, almost everything, with more risk of hacking.
Most S&P500 companies are doing well with recent reported earnings above expectations. In the tech sector, the Big Five (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet) have also diversified their income sources.
The future of ETFs appears strong as the millennials increase their share of the investment pie, and the majority of financial advisers now comfortable with ETFs.
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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.