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BetaShares ETFs receive “A” ratings from Van Eyk

20 Feb 2012

BetaShares has been awarded an “A” rating for six of its exchange traded funds reviewed by van Eyk in 2012. “A” ratings were received for all the ETFs rated by Van Eyk, including currency, commodity and equity sector asset classes.

The funds were awarded this rating based on the investment process, the management team, infrastructure of the business and its portfolio management systems. The reviews also found the portfolio manager to be highly aware of the underlying index methodology and the portfolio construction for each of the ETFs.

The strong van Eyk ratings follow on from the US Dollar ETF being awarded Money magazine’s Best of the Best 2012 award – the best innovative product of the year.

BetaShares launches Commodities Basket ETF

15 Dec 2011

BetaShares today announced the launch of the first exchange traded fund (ETF) on the ASX that provides exposure to a broadly diversified basket of commodities.

The ETF, which will trade under the ASX code “QCB”, aims to track the performance of the S&P GSCI Light Energy Index.

The Index tracks the price performance of futures contracts on 24 major global commodities from a range of sectors comprising energy, industrial metals, precious metals, agriculture and livestock.

The ETF is currency hedged, substantially eliminating the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate to provide a purer exposure to commodities.

Investors are increasingly seeking to obtain exposure to commodity price movements, and commodities are now accepted as one of the building blocks of a balanced porfolio by global investors.

The ETF allows investors to gain broadly diversified commodities exposure without the need to invest in the futures market or take physical delivery of commodities.

For more information view the BetaShares Commodities Basket ETF factsheet

BetaShares USD ETF receives Best of the Best Award

07 Dec 2011

BetaShares has today announced that its US Dollar ETF has been awarded a prestigious Money magazine Best of the Best 2012 award – the Best Innovative Product of the year. The Best of the Best awards, now in its 11th year allocates Gold Winners from the tens of thousands of financial products available for investors.

This is the first time in the history of Money magazine’s Best of the Best awards an ETF has won the best innovative product category. The USD ETF was chosen above 50 products competing for the same title ranging from home loans to online trading.

For more information see press release.

Launch of Agriculture ETF (QAG)

05 Dec 2011

BetaShares today announced the launch of the first Agriculture exchange traded fund (ETF) on the Australian Securities Exchange.

The ETF, which will trade under the ASX code “QAG”, aims to track the performance of the S&P GSCI Agriculture Enhanced Select Index.

The Index provides exposure to 4 of the most significant agricultural commodities on a world production basis: Corn, Wheat, Soybeans, Sugar

The ETF is currency hedged, substantially eliminating the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate to provide a purer exposure to agricultural commodities.

The ETF allows investors to gain exposure to the performance of a basket of agricultural commodities without the need to invest in the futures market or take physical delivery of commodites. Prior to the introduction of this ETF, the only way for investors to gain access to the performance of agricultural commodities was via complicated instruments such as futures or CFDs, or indirectly via shares in agricultural companies.

For more information, view the BetaShares Agriculture ETF factsheet

Launch of Australia’s first oil ETF (ASX:OOO)

21 Nov 2011

SYDNEY, 21 November 2011: BetaShares today announced the launch of the first oil exchange traded fund (ETF) on the Australian Securities Exchange –expanding the investment options available to Australian retail and institutional investors.

The ETF, which will trade under the ASX code “OOO”, aims to track the performance of the S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index.

The Index tracks the performance of West Texas Intermediate (“WTI”) crude oil futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. WTI crude is a light, sweet crude oil which is a global pricing benchmark for the more than 160 internationally-traded crude oils.

For more information see press release.

BetaShares changes ETF structure for Sector ETFs

11 Oct 2011

BetaShares Capital, the issuer of BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Financials Sector ETF (ASX code: QFN) and BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (ASX code: QRE) today announced a change to the structure of these two products. Effective from today, and following an internal review, BetaShares Sector ETFs will utilise a physical replication structure. A new product disclosure statement (PDS) has been lodged with ASX reflecting these changes.

For more information see ASX announcement here.

BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF – Consolidation of Units

16 Aug 2011

BetaShares Capital today announced a consolidation of the units on issue in the BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF (A$ Hedged). The Consolidation is being conducted to reduce the number of units on issue so that, immediately after the Consolidation, the net asset value per unit (NAV per unit) in Australian dollars will equate to a number that is approximately equal to 1/100th of the spot price of gold per ounce.

During the period 23 August 2011 to 5 September 2011, trading in post-consolidation units on the ASX will be on a deferred settlement basis under ASX Code: QAUDA

 

Launch of first gold bullion MINI on ASX

08 Aug 2011

SYDNEY, 8 August 2011 – BetaShares today announced the launch of a leveraged trading tool on the BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF (A$ Hedged).

The Macquarie QAU Mini Long (ASX Code: QAUKMA) allows investors to access leveraged exposure to gold without margin calls. For a fraction of the outlay of buying the ETF outright, investors can now access pure gold bullion exposure that is unaffected by currency movements, leveraged at 65% at inception.

For more information, see press release here