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
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.
ETF industry breaks the $30B barrier The Australian ETF industry once again had a positive month, with net cash inflows taking the industry to a fresh record high as the industry broke $30B for the first time. Total industry FuM at the month end was $30.1B, which is a growth of 2.3% ($725m) for the
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
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
A question I often ask my adviser clients is how they’re investing in international markets. The answers vary, with the majority of advisers using managed funds or ETFs and some of these also investing in specific stocks on global exchanges. Once we have discussed the how, my next question is what sort of exposures they
Global equities shook off the previous month’s concerns about global central bank tightening to post another solid gain in July. With global inflation low and central bank’s still cautious over policy tightening, the outlook remains encouraging for risk markets. Download the full Global Market Outlook report now
With the Australian Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry just shy of $30B in assets and ETFs now being more actively traded than stocks in the US*, it’s unsurprising that more and more investors are starting to adopt ETFs as core building blocks of their portfolios. One reason why this trend may be set to continue
It is often said stocks must climb a wall of worry, and that seems to be the case with Wall Street breaking out to record highs while valuations appear high to many. But as this note shows, relative to bond yields, stocks don’t appear over valued and valuations seem far from levels that held prior
BetaShares recently expanded its product range to include our first fixed income/bond fund, the BetaShares Australian Bank Senior Floating Rate Bond ETF (ASX Code: QPON). Due to the level of interest we have had in this fund so far, I thought it would be timely to write a short series on the basics of Bonds.