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BetaShares FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 ETF (QUS)


Aims to provide an investment return that tracks the performance of the FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 Index, before fees and expenses. The Index comprises the 1000 securities with the largest “fundamental values” amongst US listed stocks.

FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 ETF - Overview


Provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of US equities, weighted in a way that is reflective of the economic size rather than the market capitalisation of its constituents.

  • Seeks to avoid potential of market cap indices to overweight stocks that are overvalued, and underweight stocks that are undervalued
  • Breaks the link between price and index weight and so aims to produce superior long term performance compared to using traditional market-cap weighted indices
  • Core portfolio holding for US equities - broad economic representation, transparency, diversification
  • Rules based enhanced passive solution for international equity portfolios of Australian investors
  • Low cost complement and/or alternative to investments with active fund managers
  • Advantages

  • Performance – aims to produce superior long term performance compared to market cap weighted indices
  • US equities & currency exposure - obtain exposure to a diversified portfolio of US equities and the US dollar
  • Low cost - cost of ETF lower than traditional active managers focusing on US equities
  • No W-8 BEN forms and no US estate tax implications for investors - simplified tax administration, unlike cross-listed alternatives
  • Liquid – trades on ASX throughout the day
  • How to Invest

    An ETF is a managed fund whose units can be bought and sold on the ASX

  • You can buy or sell units just like you'd buy or sell any share on the ASX
  • No minimum investment
  • Trade throughout the ASX trading day
  • Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP) available
  • Pricing Information - 25-May-2016

    Current Price NAV
    Last Trade* $28.60 NAV/Unit* $28.14
    % Change (prev day) 1.60% *As of 24 May 2016
    Bid* (delayed)      
    Offer* (delayed)      

    Profile - 25-May-2016

    Net Assets* ($A) $16,895,322
    Units Outstanding* (#) 600,386
    Mgmt Fees** (% p.a.) 0.30%
    Distribution Frequency Semi-Annual
    Issuer BetaShares Capital Ltd
    Fund Administrator RBC Investor Services
    Custodian RBC Investor Services
    Registry Link Market Services
    Auditor KPMG
    *As of 24 May 2016
    **Certain additional costs apply. Please refer to PDS.

    Trading Information

    Exchange ASX
    ASX Code QUS
    Bloomberg Code QUS AU
    Currency AUD
    Trading Hours 10.00-16.00 (AEST)
    iNAV IRESS Code N/A
    Authorised Participants 2
    Market Makers Susquehanna Pacific
    Marginable Check with your broker
    Short Selling Check with your broker
    SMSF Eligible Yes

    Index Information

    Index FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 Index - QSR
    Index Provider FTSE
    Index Ticker
    Bloomberg Index Ticker TFR10QN Index

    Top 10 Portfolio Holdings - 25-May-2016

    Name %
    1 Exxon Mobil Corp 3.0 %
    2 Chevron Corp 2.1 %
    3 JPMorgan Chase & Co 1.8 %
    4 AT&T Inc 1.7 %
    5 Apple Inc. 1.5 %
    6 General Electric Co 1.5 %
    7 Wells Fargo & Co 1.4 %
    8 Bank of America Corp 1.4 %
    9 Citigroup Inc 1.3 %
    10 Pfizer Inc 1.2 %

    Sector Allocation

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    Information Technology
    Consumer Discretionary
    Health Care
    Consumer Staples
    Telecommunication Services
    * As of 31 March 2016

    Fund Returns After Fees (%)

    1 month 3 month 6 month 1 year 3 year p.a 5 year p.a Since Inception (p.a.) Inception Date
    Fund 2.34 % 1.32 % -4.56 % 3.50 % - - 7.67 % 17-Dec-14
    Index 2.47 % 1.43 % -4.64 % 3.12 % 21.68 % 18.23 % 7.73 % -
    S&P 500 Index (TR, A$) 1.15 % -0.94 % -6.42 % 3.92 % 22.53 % 18.56 % 8.64 % -
    * As at 30 April 2016
    Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Returns are calculated in Australian dollars using net asset value per unit at the start and end of the specified period and do not reflect brokerage or the bid ask spread that investors incur when buying and selling units on the ASX. Returns are after fund management costs, assume reinvestment of any distributions and do not take into account tax paid as an investor in the Fund. Returns for periods longer than one year are annualised. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown.

    Yield Information

    Distribution Frequency Semi-Annual
    *As at 31 March 2016. Yield figures calculated by summing the prior
    12 month net and gross fund per unit distributions divided by the
    fund closing NAV per unit

    Recent Distributions

    Ex Date Record Date Payment Date Distribution
    Unit ($)
    Annual Distribution Return (%) (1)
    04-Jan-2016 06-Jan-2016 19-Jan-2016 $0.24091 1.85%
    01-Jul-2015 03-Jul-2015 20-Jul-2015 $0.46078
    1 This is the annual distribution return to the end of the relevant distribution date. The distribution return reflects the contribution to total investment return made by the Fund's distributions. It is calculated as the difference between total Fund return and NAV return. NAV return is the change in the Fund's NAV price. Total return is the NAV return plus reinvestment of all distributions back to the Fund. Past performance not indicative of future performance.
    Introduction to BetaShares Fundamental Index Series
    Comparison of FTSE RAFI U.S. 1000 Index to S&P 500 Index
    Product Disclosure Statement
    PDS Update - March 2016
    Annual Report - June 2015
    Interim Financial Report - December 2015
    Number of Outstanding Units – March 2016
    link icon Portfolio Holdings

    iNAV is an indicative estimate only, may not reflect the true value of a unit and may be materially out of date at the time viewed. It should not be relied on in making any investment decision. See Terms and Conditions for more information.

    An investment in units of any BetaShares Fund is subject to risk, which may include possible delays in repayment and loss of income and capital invested. The value of units may go down as well as up. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Before making an investment decision you should consider the relevant PDS (available on this website) with a financial advisor to determine if it is appropriate for your circumstances. Commodity ETFs: The index which each BetaShares commodity ETF aims to track is based on the price of futures contracts.  Investing in commodity futures is not the same as investing in the “spot price” of a given commodity. The ETFs do not aim to, and should not be expected to, provide the same return as the performance of the spot price of the relevant commodities. The performance of ETFs that are linked to commodity futures may be materially different to the spot price for the commodity itself. Also, differences in trading hours of the underlying futures markets and their corresponding BetaShares ETFs may at certain times cause the difference between bid prices and offer prices on the ASX to widen significantly. Investors should carefully consider this potential impact before trading. Please refer to the "Risks" section of the PDS for more information about these and other risk factors.

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