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Emerging markets volatility – not all bad

Currently, emerging market shares and bond prices are generally experiencing increased volatility and falling prices. Although this is a direct result of tapering by the US Federal Reserve, it is also a healthy sign markets are starting to focus on investment fundamentals – and measured by these standards, many emerging markets don’t pass muster.

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What is a balanced portfolio and why is it important for me?

The GFC revealed the heavy asset allocation biases of many Australians who sustained heavy losses due to high allocations to (primarily domestic) equities. The events of the GFC led many Australians to look for a more conservative approach to investing. One such approach is to build a “balanced” portfolio, with allocations not only to equities,

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How Liquid are ETFs?

In this BetaShares Academy post we look at one of the most misunderstood concepts relating to ETFs – liquidity. To understand ETF liquidity, we need to dig into the concept of an “open ended” fund – and when we do, it becomes obvious why ETFs are typically described as having the same level of liquidity as

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Are ETFs more tax efficient than traditional Managed Funds?

Taxes are one of the biggest costs to investors, and small changes in tax bills over an investment lifetime can make large differences to the final value of the investment portfolio. ETFs as an investment vehicle typically have a relatively high level of tax efficiency when compared to traditional actively managed funds – the amount

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How are ETFs created, and why does it matter?

This is the first of a series of posts in the “BetaShares Academy“, which we will add to over time. The aim of the BetaShares Academy is to provide educational information on ETFs, their structure and key features – the ‘basics of ETFs’. In this particular post, we focus on the way in which ETFs are ‘created’ and

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What’s really driving US stock prices?

The financial news cycle has been churning between boom and bust stories since the onset of the GFC. Calls to be on the lookout for economic ‘green shoots’ coincided with Warren Buffet’s sagacious call to buy shares at the bottom of the cycle and not to “wait for the robins to sing – by then,

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