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BetaShares Australian ETF Review – August 2020

The Australian ETF industry has extended its strong growth run, exceeding the $70 billion milestone for the first time. This latest review examines the relative growth of ETFs versus the long-established LIC industry.

BetaShares Australian ETF Review – July 2020

The Australian ETF industry snaps back to all-time highs as the top two issuers, BetaShares and Vanguard, extend their lead. Also notable was seeing two ethical ETFs in the top 10 products for flows this month.

BetaShares Australian ETF Review – Mid-Year 2020

In the six months to June 2020, the Australian ETF industry emerged from one of the most volatile periods in sharemarket history, with record inflows and huge increases in trading values.

Australian ETF Review April 2020

Investors committed more than $1bn in new money to ETFs in April, as the sharemarket rebounded after dramatic falls in March, spread across a range of asset classes and exposures, reflecting a diversity of investor views and investment strategies.

Bear funds: Some questions answered

'Bear funds' are one of the few ways investors can profit from market falls, but it is important to know how they work and the risks involved, including how they relate to movements in the underlying market.

Global ETF Review Full Year 2019

Echoing the trends observed in the Australian ETF industry, 2019 was another record-breaking year for the global ETF industry, highlighting investors’ continued preference for passive investment vehicles.

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Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 381

There is a popular belief that retail investors do not even achieve index returns due to poor timing of investing and selling decisions. The theory is that they buy after markets rise as confidence grows, then sell in panic when markets fall, and miss the recovery. This 'buy high sell low' tendency loses the advantages of long-term investing and riding out the selloffs. But the evidence for this belief is not convincing.

  • 29 October 2020
Investment strategies

Gemma Dale: three ways 'retail' is not the dumb money

There is a popular view that retail investors panic when markets fall, but in the recent COVID selloff, they were waiting in cash for buying opportunities. What's equally interesting is the stocks they bought.

Investment strategies

Unlucky for some: 13 investment risks to check

Risk isn’t something to be avoided altogether. To achieve returns beyond the government bond rate, some level of risk must be accepted. Assessing which risks to take and calibrating them is the investor's challenge.

Responsible investing

Four reasons ESG investing continues to grow

Although Australian investors are among the most ESG-aware in the world, with the vast majority wanting responsible and ethical investments, there are still some misconceptions to dispel.

Shares

Why caution is needed in Aussie small companies

Over the last 20 years, smaller Australian listed companies have outperformed larger companies but with greater volatility. Following a strong run in the last six months, the smaller end is looking expensive.

Financial planning

The value of financial advice amid rise of retail investors

Financial advice has moved well beyond simply recommending investments, with five major components to quality advice. Helping clients avoid potentially disastrous mistakes is often underestimated.

Economy

The 2020 US presidential elections

The US is days away from a presidential election with major repercussions for economic policy and investments in the US and the world. Views from First Sentier Investors and BNP Paribas Asset Management.

SMSF strategies

Can your SMSF buy a retirement home for you now?

It sounds appealing to acquire a property now through your SMSF with the hope of residing in the property once you retire, but there are issues and costs to check that may vary by state.

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