More sub-scale ETFs get the chop

UBS Asset Management is the latest fund manager to close down sub-scale exchange traded funds, announcing last week that it will terminate six funds and may continue to manage three others as unlisted funds. Its move follows the closure of…

Picking the brains of leading SMSF investors

Self-managed super fund trustees tend to have a very stable approach to Australian equity investment. They like the big stocks, especially the ones that pay high dividends, and they like to hold them long term. Online broker SelfWealth has launched…

The bigger the ETF the better

Investors considering different exchange traded fund options will usually have a better outcome selecting a bigger ETF over a small one, according to new research. Morningstar has analysed the trading history of listed funds and found that big ETFs have…

ETF dos and don’ts

Using exchange traded funds to gain access to equities and other securities markets may seem like a simple and cost-effective way to invest, but there are a number of traps to avoid. Researcher Morningstar has issued guidance for investors using…

Legg Mason & BetaShares launch active EM ETF

Legg Mason and BetaShares have launched the fourth active ETF through their strategic partnership- an emerging markets equity fund. The BetaShares Legg Mason Emerging Markets Fund provides investors with access to the superior growth potential offered by emerging market equities.…

Active ETF market expands with fixed income offering

Australia’s active ETF market continues to develop, with the listing last week of the first active fixed income exchange traded fund – the BetaShares Legg Mason Australian Bond Fund. The fund will mirror the strategy of an established unlisted fund,…

ASIC raises concerns about ETFs

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission wants the issuers of exchange traded funds to have policies for dealing with ETFs that are too small to be viable or are otherwise unsuccessful. ASIC has released the results of a review it…

ETF fee benchmark now seven bps

Exposure to a portfolio of top local stocks in an index fund now costs just seven basis points (0.07 per cent), with the listing last week of BetaShares Australia 200 ETF. The new fund undercuts the management fee on Vanguard’s…

A new approach to ethical investing

ETF provider VanEck is aiming for a best of breed approach to ethical investing, with a new listed fund. The VanEck Vectors MSCI International Sustainable Equity ETF will provide investors with exposure to a diversified portfolio of international companies meeting…

Investing in the robotics economy

Investors with an interest in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence can gain exposure to the sector through a new exchange traded fund launched by ETF Securities Australia. ETFS worked with the robotics and automation index and research provider ROBO Global…