As has been evident at investor briefings in recent days, Australian banks appear to be conceding that their past relatively high (by global standards) returns on equity can’t be sustained, due to pressure on net-interest margins and increased capital requirements. That said, given the underperformance of banks over the past year or so – especially
The Australian exchange traded fund industry bucked the trend of broader market declines during October and finished the month valued at a stable $24.1B, which was approximately the same value as September. The industry stood its ground amongst local and international sharemarket declines to record higher levels of inflows compared to September, with +$629m of new
Rising bond yields, a mixed US earnings reporting season and US Presidential election uncertainty contributed to a soft month for risk markets in October. Our decision last month to move underweight bonds and listed property proved fortuitous given the weakness both asset classes exhibited last month. Click here to read the Global Market Outlook for November
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that provide access to international markets, sectors and specific thematics continue to boom on the ASX – there are now approximately 70 ETFs providing international equity exposures. International ETFs provide Australian investors with a simple and cost effective way to access growth opportunities, including under-represented – or even absent – sectors
The Reserve Bank of Australia has recently indicated that this Wednesday’s September quarter consumer price index report will be a critical factor when its Board sits to decide on interest rates next Tuesday (Melbourne Cup day). What’s more, there is a reasonable chance that inflation will (again) surprise on the downside. Despite this risk, the market
According to the World Bank, the average global life expectancy in 1970 was 71 – whereas by 2030 the expected global life expectancy will rise to 85. Due to population ageing, rising living standards and ongoing scientific advancements, spending on healthcare has increased strongly across the globe in recent decades and further strong growth is widely
In this guest post, Jeremy Schwartz, Director of Research at WisdomTree, looks further into the relative attractiveness of European equities vs. U.S. equities. If you would like to hear more from Jeremy, he will be speaking live from New York as part of our educational webinar series, tomorrow at 12pm Sydney time – register now.
The Australian exchange traded fund industry once again hit an all-time high for funds under management in September, building on positive growth recorded for the last few months. The industry ended the month at $24.1B, which included strong growth of approx. $530m for the month (2% growth). This month’s result was particularly strong when considering that
Editor’s note: One of the most common requests we get from investors is for content that provides practical examples of how to use our funds in their portfolios. In this guest contribution, Matthew Felsman, Private Wealth Adviser at APP Securities, discusses some ways that he has seen clients using exchange traded products first-hand. Over the
BetaShares is proud to have been awarded the 2016 ‘ETF Fund Manager of the Year’ at the Professional Planner | Zenith Fund Awards held on October 7th 2016. The awards are based on Zenith’s renowned fund manager review and rating process that focuses on nine key aspects of a fund manager’s philosophy, process and people.