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    Vector Insights

    Arian Neiron, Managing Director

    Globally, smart beta is one of the fastest growing investment strategies in the asset management industry. Much of this growth is within ETFs which enable all types of investors to access smart beta strategies previously only available to institutional investors. For the six months to June 2017, smart beta equity ETF/ETP assets have increased by 14.9% to US$592 billion from US$515 billion. This is a 5-year compound annual growth rate of 31.9%1. In Australia smart beta ETFs are also gaining traction and the results of VanEck’s second annual smart beta survey indicate that the growth is going to continue.

    1Source: ETFGI, August 2017


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    by Michael Brown , Director, Operations & Finance

    A lot of investors like their portfolio to deliver a smooth series of payments into their bank account. That’s easy to do if you settle for low paying bank accounts but it gets much harder when you need higher returns. A common solution is to include infrastructure investments in the portfolio, but those who have chosen the wrong infrastructure fund have been disappointed.

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    by Brett Liddell , CFA

    The financial press is abuzz with new products in the fixed income sector each offering "enhanced cash" or "higher yields" above cash and term deposit rates.

    For investors seeking stable and increased income above bank deposit rates, it is important to understand the nature of the underlying investment to properly assess the risks and potential opportunities of fixed income products. Here, we present a primer on floating rate notes compared to Australian Government bonds.  

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    by Brett Liddell , CFA

    In our latest VanEck ViewPoint, we look at a range of considerations for investors when positioning their portfolios to navigate global markets. In this issue:

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    • China A-shares' debut in MSCI EM Index
    • Hawkish Fed disconnects from market expectations
    • Australian Federal Budget targets big banks and infrastructure

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    by Russel Chesler , Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

    The concept of 'market capitalisation' was devised for its ease of calculation. It became 'the benchmark' to quantify share market performance not because it was the best method, but solely because it was the first. More and more investors are questioning the wisdom of tracking market capitalisation indices that have fundamental flaws for investing purposes.

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