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Bonds behaving badly? Why floating rate bonds have outperformed fixed rate in recent times

Fixed-income investors seeking safety in bonds be warned: it took only a relatively modest rise in bond yields over the past year for Australia’s headline bond index to post negative returns.  This result highlights the risks that traditional fixed-rate bond investments currently pose to investors in an environment of low but rising bond yields.  By

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6 trading strategies and how to use ETPs to implement them

Exchange traded funds (ETPs) are an excellent option for those new to investing, due to a number of key advantages over other instruments: • Low cost • Liquidity • Potential for diversification • Low minimum investment amount • Wide range of investment choices available These advantages also make ETPs attractive vehicles for various trading and

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Shiller PE Ratio

Should we worry about the Shiller PE Ratio?

The rise in global equity prices in recent years has led to continued concerns over valuation levels.  One indicator that appears to cause endless nervousness is the so-called “Shiller” PE ratio, which considers US stock prices relative to the rolling 10-year average level of earnings.  As this note demonstrates, however, the Shiller PE ratio has

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Invest in Japan

Turning Japanese: surprising value in the land of rising corporate profits

Although the Japanese economy has long been considered sluggish and blighted by deflation, it may surprise some investors to know that economic growth and corporate earnings growth in recent times have been impressively strong. What’s more, this improvement has been only partly rewarded by rising equity prices, leaving Japanese equities relatively cheap by global standards.

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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

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BetaShares presenting at the ASX Investor Day

We’re  pleased to be associated with the popular ASX Investor Day. Run by the ASX in 5 capital cities, this will be an opportunity for investors to meet investment experts who will share their wealth of knowledge on the topics that matter to you. Our own Chief Economist, David Bassanese, will be at all the

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