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The Federal Budget – What’s in it and how might ETF investors seek to benefit?

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On 6 October 2020, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released Australia’s 2020-21 Federal Budget.
The objective of this Budget is pretty simple – economic recovery – by increased spending, lower taxes, job training and re-skilling workers.
A stimulatory Federal Budget on a standalone basis is beneficial for the sharemarket.

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4 Macroeconomic indicators and why they matter right now

4 macroeconomic indicators and why they matter right now

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Economic indicators are as ubiquitous as financial commentators during a crisis, but what do they really mean, and why do they matter? Given uncertainty seems to dominate global discourse at the moment, we feel it is appropriate to examine the indicators that can give us insight into our economic prosperity in the coming months and beyond.

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EOFY thoughts on ETFs

End of financial year thoughts on ETFs

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Note: BetaShares is not a tax adviser and this information should not be construed as tax advice. You should obtain professional, independent tax advice before making any investment decision.
Sir Benjamin Franklin had some witty quotes: one of my favourites is: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” 1 June marked the day pubs re-opened in New South Wales,

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Answers to your most-asked webinar FAQs

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A large audience dialled into the latest of our fortnightly ‘Virus Crisis’ webinars last week. We received many questions from those who attended. David Bassanese, BetaShares Chief Economist, has provided responses to some of the most-asked questions by attendees.
1. You mentioned V,

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Look out below: U.S. and Australian earnings update

Look out below: U.S. and Australian earnings update

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Along with global markets, Australian equities have enjoyed a rebound in recent weeks even as the earnings outlook has deteriorated. This note provides an outlook on both U.S. and local earnings and market valuations, and attempts to gauge the extent to which the ‘bad news’

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Australian House Price Update: Where’s the value?

Although the official measure of house price inflation suggested Sydney property gains remained solid in the June quarter, more timely indicators point to a softening in this long red-hot market. That’s consistent with estimates suggesting mortgage affordability constraints in Sydney are now around previous peak levels.  Meanwhile, better value appears evident in other capital cities,

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Steady as she goes: what’s driving the Australian economy?

Despite sluggish overall growth reported in the National Accounts, a range of more partial indicators suggest the Australian economy is enjoying reasonable – though not robust – growth from a diversified range of sources.  Continued moderate growth and low inflation appear the most likely outcome over the coming year, which would be consistent with steady local interest rates and a focus on income over growth opportunities in the Australian equity market.

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Financials flex their muscles: what’s good for banks is good for the economy

The decision by major banks over recent weeks to unilaterally raise interest rates on residential property loans, especially for investors, appears to be officially sanctioned and could helpfully ease demand pressures in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets. That said, greed can be good! These actions could also conveniently help boost bank net-interest margins,

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3 predictions for the Australian ETF industry in 2017

With assets under management at an all-time high, and increasingly more widespread use of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), the Australian ETF industry came of age in 2016, and continues to follow in the footsteps of more mature markets around the globe.
The ETF industry in Australia continues to evolve, as new waves of investors demand more sophisticated types of products.

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