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Impact of currency on gold performance

19 Jul 2011

SYDNEY, 19 July 2011: The strong correlation between gold prices and the Australian dollar has impacted unhedged gold exposures which have consistently under-performed hedged gold exposures historically, analysis by BetaShares shows.

For example, while spot gold prices surged 74% in the period December 2008 through end May 2011, unhedged spot gold returned only 14%. This is because a rise in the value of the Australian dollar eliminated much of the benefit of the rising value of gold (which is priced in US dollars).

For more information see press release.

BetaShares launches Pound and Euro currency ETFs

11 Jul 2011

SYDNEY, 11 July 2011: BetaShares has today quoted two more currency ETFs on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Trading under the ASX Codes ‘POU’ and ‘EEU’, BetaShares British Pound ETF and BetaShares Euro ETF track the performance of the British Pound (GBP £) and the Euro (€) relative to the Australian dollar (A$).

The new ETFs employ the same simple, transparent and highly cost-effective structure of the BetaShares US Dollar ETF, which has been one of the most successful ETF launches in Australia since its introduction in February this year. The assets of the new funds consist of British Pounds or Euros held on deposit with JPMorgan Chase Bank.

Launch of first sector MINIs on ASX

04 Jul 2011

SYDNEY, 5 July 2011 – BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares) with Citigroup has today announced the launch of two leveraged trading tools linked to sector ETF products for investors focussed on active trading opportunities in the Australian market.

The two ‘MINIs’ have been launched over BetaShares Resources and Financial Sector ETFs – the CitiFirst MINI, Resources (ASX Code: QREKOA) and the CitiFirst MINI, Financials (ASX Code: QFNKOA).

For more information see press release.

BetaShares/Investment Trends ETF Report

22 Jun 2011

SYDNEY, 22 June 2011: The meteoric rise of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is set to continue with between 72,000-80,000 investors expected to be using ETFs by the end of 2012, according to forecasts contained within the BetaShares/ Investment Trends ETF report released today. As at December 2010, there were 53,500 ETF investors with 67,500 contemplating an investment towards ETFs over the next 12 months.

For more information on the research, see press release

BetaShares urges ETF investors to evaluate after-cost returns

15 Jun 2011

SYDNEY, 15 June 2011: Up to 80 ETFs will be listed on the ASX with assets doubling in size by the end of 2013 creating a $10 billion Australian ETF sector, according to leading local provider BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares). As growth continues and products overlap, BetaShares warns investors should understand how to compare ETF costs, particularly when products track the same index.

For more information see press release.

BetaShares appoints General Counsel

30 May 2011

SYDNEY, 30 May 2011: BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares) today announced the appointment of Anton Allen as General Counsel & Head of Compliance. The appointment comes as BetaShares continues its strong growth trajectory, recently listing its fourth exchange traded fund (ETF) in just under six months.

For more information see press release

Gold Bullion ETF receives 5 star rating

17 May 2011

SYDNEY, 17 May 2011: BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares) today announced that its Gold Bullion ETF (A$ Hedged) received a perfect 5 star rating from influential investment publication “Eureka Report”, the first ever provided to an investment product.

Tony Rumble, the reviewer wrote “this is the first investment product reviewed in this column that score a perfect 5: a great product, giving clean exposure to an asset that should be in everyone’s portfolio”.

See the full report here.

Launch of first hedged gold ETF (QAU)

04 May 2011

SYDNEY, 4 May 2011: BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares) has today launched Australia’s first Australian dollar (AUD) hedged gold bullion ETF on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), substantially removing the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate which have, in recent times, negatively impacted investors’ returns from gold ETFs.

Physical gold has delivered exceptional returns over the past decade as investors flocked to safe haven assets in volatile markets. Backed by physical gold bullion and trading under the ASX Code ‘QAU’, BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF – Currency Hedged, gives investors a simple, low-cost, liquid and efficient way to access the precious metal without the currency risk.

Australia – the standard in ETF regulation

27 Apr 2011

SYDNEY, 27 April 2011: BetaShares Capital Ltd (BetaShares), one of Australia’s leading exchange traded fund (ETF) providers, says Australia is leading the way with best practice standards for regulating ETFs that are designed to ensure Australia avoids issues raised in the recent Bank for International Settlements (BIS) paper on the risk of ETFs.

See Press Release for more information.

U.S. Dollar ETF quadruples in size

29 Mar 2011

SYDNEY, 29 March 2011: BetaShares Capital Limited (BetaShares) has announced that its US dollar exchange traded fund (ASX Code: USD) has quadrupled in size in the last month reaching $50 million in assets under management. The strong demand for this product has also resulted in BetaShares reaching another milestone, surpassing $120 million in AUM in just three months post the launch of its initial products.

See Press Release and Product Factsheet for more information