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Vanguard Australia

Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment management companies with over A$13 trillion in assets under management globally* and more than 50 million investors worldwide. In Australia, Vanguard has been serving financial advisers, retail clients and institutional investors for over 25 years.

*As at 30 November 2023.

Vanguard Personal Investor

Vanguard's Personal Investor platform makes low-cost investing easy and simple. Buy and sell a wide range of managed funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and ASX direct shares all in the one place, and pay $0 brokerage when you buy Vanguard ETFs.

For more information, go to www.vanguard.com.au/personal/invest-with-us/personal-investor

Vanguard Super

Vanguard Super launched in November 2022 with the purpose of reshaping superannuation for the benefit of all Australians. Backed by the Vanguard Group's decades of global investment and retirement expertise, Vanguard Super combines simplicity, transparency and a low-cost investment approach to deliver a highly sophisticated but easy to understand superannuation offer. Vanguard Super currently offers an accumulation offer including its flagship Lifecycle product, and a pension offer including a transition-to-retirement account and an account-based pension.

For more information, go to www.vanguard.com.au/super/

Vanguard Index Chart

Vanguard's annual Index Chart captures 30 years of Australian and global investment market history, and powerfully illustrates how sticking to a long-term investment plan, with diversification across a range of asset classes, allows you to grow your wealth over time. Even in the face of market crises and short-term volatility.

View the Index Chart and see how it can help you stay focused on your long-term goals: www.vanguard.com.au/personal/support/index-chart

Vanguard Diversified Funds

Vanguard's Diversified Investments are ready-made portfolios that suits your risk appetite and investment time frame. They provide low-cost, instant exposure to over 16,000 securities through a range of asset classes, including Australian, international and emerging market equities and fixed income. For more information, see here:

 

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Australians’ unrealistic retirement expectations

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The Australian ETF market attracted $5.3 billion in net inflows in Q4. Australian investors flocked to bond ETFs in 2023 as rising interest rates made fixed income allocations more attractive.

Vanguard's submission to the Superannuation in retirement consultation

Vanguard Australia's contribution to the Federal Government’s Superannuation in retirement consultation shares its views on how the super system can best provide retirement confidence and security for Australians.

Quarterly ETF report September 2023

The Australian ETF industry continues to grow year on year despite global market and economic uncertainty, recording $153 billion in AUM as at the end of September 2023. The last 10 years has seen AUM increase almost 18-fold, growing from A$8.9 billion in September 2013.

How Australia Retires

Vanguard’s inaugural "How Australia Retires" study found that high retirement confidence is not necessarily dependent on age or income, but rather on having a plan.

Quarterly ETF report September 2022

The Australian ETF market attracted $3.5 billion in new investments during the September quarter, while assets under management remained steady at around $121.5 billion. Inflation and central bank policy remained the focus for markets.

Economic and market outlook: Midyear 2022 update

This update highlights some of the major economic and market developments and changes Vanguard expects for the second half of calendar 2022.

The case for low-cost index fund investing

Index investing has become a global trend, with a large and growing investor base. This paper examines how indexing performs in a variety of circumstances, and provides investors with points to consider when evaluating different investment strategies.

Vanguard Investor Insights April 2022

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Vanguard economic and market outlook for 2022: Striking a better balance

Although the COVID-19 pandemic will remain a critical factor in 2022, the outlook for macroeconomic policy will likely be more crucial.

The role of bonds in a low-yield environment

This paper from Vanguard explores how bonds act as shock absorbers for portfolios when equity markets are under stress.

The power of perspective: 2021 Vanguard Index Chart

Staying the course isn’t always easy for investors, but looking at how markets perform over time places the current market in context.

Vanguard research explores Australian attitudes to investing

Research on Australian attitudes and approaches to investing, shows that while half think about their financial future and lifestyle almost daily, 70% don’t have a financial plan. The report explores Australians’ financial education, investments approach and future outlook.

Value versus growth stocks: The coming reversal of fortunes

In a reversal from the past ten years, Vanguard expects value to outperform growth over the next ten-year period by as much as 5% to 7% per year, and perhaps by even more over the next five years.

An enduring solution for low yields

Investor portfolios built on a dividend-focused strategy will need to be 100% allocated to equities and greatly elevate their portfolio risk, to meet most income needs in the current low yield environment.

Can active equity managers be cloned using factors?

The continued development of strategies to harvest factor returns in a low-cost manner has effectively raised the bar for many managers.

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