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    Smart Beta

    Brad Livingstone-Foggo, Head of Marketing - Australia

    Smart beta approaches in equites are well documented but are rarely mentioned in the context of bonds. Investors have over 25 smart beta equity ETFs to choose from on ASX. In fixed income there are just a few. But while still in its infancy for Australian investors, the early indications are that for Australian bond investing, smart beta is here for the duration.

    Smart Beta

    30 August 2017

    Staying the course with quality

    by Russel Chesler, Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

    Recent geopolitical tensions between the US and North Korea have added to the wall of worry for investors and while US equity valuations have reached record highs in 2017, a hawkish US Fed is keeping investors awake at night.

    Astute investors know they can’t time the market and make long term investments in companies that exhibit ‘quality’, which has been proven to be a successful investment strategy over time. Quality investing avoids leverage and offers investors defence during market downturns, as well as enabling portfolios much faster recovery.

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    Smart Beta

    04 August 2016

    Get smart with smart beta

    by Arian Neiron, Managing Director

    Globally, smart beta is one of the fastest growing investment strategies in the asset management industry. At the forefront of this growth are smart beta exchanged traded funds (ETFs) which reached a new record high of US$429 billion in June 20161. Smart beta ETFs are quickly gaining traction with Australian investors. In June, VanEck embarked upon Australia’s first survey on the use and perceptions of smart beta by financial advisers and brokers and released the results today.

    1Source: ETFGI, August 2016

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    Smart Beta

    07 July 2016

    Smart beta: a new era of disruptive innovation

    by Arian Neiron, Managing Director

    Disruptive innovation is a popular word in the media and journalists are often on the lookout to report on the next breakthrough that will displace an established market. However, there are certain criteria that must be met to qualify as a disruptive innovation. Recent examples include P2P lending or Uber, but after careful analysis, it is evident that disruptive innovation needs to satisfy a certain criteria. Remarkably, in the investment industry, Smart Beta investing hits the mark.

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    Smart Beta

    27 March 2015

    Disruptive innovation: Lower cost outperformance

    by Arian Neiron, Managing Director

    In The Innovator's Dilemma, Harvard Business School’s Professor Clayton Christensen introduced the concept of disruptive innovation.  “Products based on disruptive technologies are typically cheaper, simpler, smaller and frequently more convenient to use.” Welcome to smart beta...

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