Adam O'Connor, Author at BetaShares
India corporate tax cuts

Indian Corporate Tax Cuts: The Spark that Lights the Fire?

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Late last month, the Indian Ministry of Finance announced a large reduction in the base corporate tax rate from 30% to 22%, including a preferential tax rate of 15% for new manufacturing investment. The effective tax rate will be cut to ~25% (after surcharges and levies) vs.

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No franking worries

No franking worries! Generating income without relying on franking credits

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The proposed removal of franking credit rebates that is part of the ALP’s election policy has been an ongoing point of discussion over the last 12 months. Irrespective of debate around the upcoming election or the form any rule changes may ultimately take,

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ETF liquidity in action: A real world example

One of the most common questions I get asked on ETFs relates to liquidity, largely driven by the common misconception that ETFs are somehow illiquid due to the fact that ‘on-screen’ liquidity at times appears limited (particularly compared to popular shares). Even though we have dealt with this area a number of times in other posts,

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Why Do SMSFs Choose to Invest in ETFs?

ETFs have been gaining popularity with Australian investors since they first launched on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) nearly 17 years ago. For many SMSF Trustees, ETFs offer a combination of advantages that align well with many SMSF and retirement planning goals. For a number of SMSFs, ETFs can be a particularly useful investment option and can be used in combination with traditional actively managed funds and individual shares.

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Global Energy Companies: A 2018 turnaround on the cards?

After close to a decade of underperformance there are strong indications that 2018 could finally be the turnaround year for the world’s major energy companies. In this post, I provide some reasons why this could be:
The synchronised global growth currently being seen across developed and emerging markets should provide support for oil demand.

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Global ETFs

Banking on growth? A review of our International Sector ETFs

It’s been over 12 months since BetaShares launched a range of ETFs providing Australian investors with exposure to portfolios of sector specific global companies in a single ASX trade.
This suite of funds has been well received by our investors as a simple and low-cost way to access specific investment themes and sectors.

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3 tech giants you might not find in a tech ETF

For a long time, many investors have used ETFs tracking the Nasdaq 100 Index to gain exposure to the world’s technology and internet giants. However, as the ETF market expands, investors are provided with more choices to target specific sectors and investment themes. As such, it is becoming increasingly important for investors to understand the companies in the underlying index to which they are getting exposure – and the tech sector is no different!

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Why currency hedging matters!

Last year in my article Currency hedging – 3 things to consider I introduced the concept that exposure to foreign currencies can potentially be an added source of unnecessary risk to your global equities investment when looking at certain currency pairs.
Today I’m going to highlight a few specific international regions and global sectors where taking on this additional currency risk has historically been to the detriment of Australian investors due to the correlation of the underlying equities market to its domestic currency or,

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