Bassanese’s Market Insights: Fed getting ready to hike

There appears much confusion in markets following changed language by the US Federal Reserve after the December FOMC meeting. The Fed’s latest statement dropped reference to keeping interest rates on hold for a “considerable time” following the end of its quantitative easing program in October, and instead suggested it “can be patient in beginning to

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Global Market Review: November 2014

The major development over the month of November was the sharp drop in commodity prices which caused the A$ to fall and the local equity market to underperform globally. On the other hand, global equity markets rose strongly, reflecting the strength in the US economy and hopes that further central bank policy stimulus will help

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BetaShares Australian ETF Review – November 2014

The Australian exchange traded fund market surpassed $14 billion in funds under management in November, driven by strong new money flows and growth in global equity markets. 60% of industry growth over the month came from new inflows, which totaled around $600 million. Product development activity also helped to stimulate growth, as three new funds were

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Global Market Review: October 2014

The major development over the past month was the stunning rebound in the Australian equity market, after the previous month’s slump – especially by high yielding sectors which were helped by reduced fears of an earlier than expected lift in US official interest rates. Dragged down by Europe, global equities underperformed in both hedged and

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Risk-on/Risk-off investing – using currency to de-risk global exposure

With the Australian dollar seemingly on a downward trend, investor interest in gaining offshore investment exposure is growing. In our recent Portfolio Construction post, we looked at some strategies to implement ‘risk-on/risk-off’ for domestic equities exposures. In this post, we look at how currency can be used to de-risk your international share allocations.

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I Will Survive! The benefits of ETFs in the face of structural change

Australia’s economy has fared better than most post-GFC, buoyed primarily by the tail end of the resource boom, solid population growth and a strong financial sector. That said, with the resource boom maturing, and the workforce ageing, the Australian economy has slowed – and is likely to grow at a slower pace in coming years

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Using BetaShares Funds to implement ‘risk on/risk off’ investing

In a previous post for our Portfolio Construction series we explored the concept of a ‘risk-on/risk-off’ investment strategy and dynamic asset allocation (DAA) as a way to attempt to position portfolios for markets with different levels of perceived risk. In this post, we look at some specific BetaShares tools that investors have used as part of

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