We’re now well and truly living through a digital revolution, and most of us will be aware that a significant portion of our private data has moved online. This includes everything from internet banking and tax statements, to photos of ourselves and family members on Facebook, to our smart phones constantly backing up all of our activity onto ‘the cloud’,
The Australian banks have had a tough time of it recently. They are under increasing pressure from a Royal Commission, where a trend of past inappropriate behaviour and misconduct seems to be evident. Additionally, growth prospects appear to be subdued with a cooling housing market and tighter lending standards being applied to prospective borrowers.
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.
Once upon a time, not too long ago, you would have to wait 5 minutes to connect to your dial-up internet – once a family member had finally gotten off the phone! You would have to wait several days for your photos to be developed, taken by your Kodak disposable camera,
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 –
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 expected.
When it comes to exchange traded products (“ETPs”), the common perception among many investors is that they are cost-effective investments that can form part of one’s long-term core portfolio holdings. But given the widening range of funds now available on the ASX, investors should also appreciate ETPs are also handy trading tools in their own right for more active investors seeking to trade specific global investment themes or even specific events.