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ETFs trump active managed funds in core portfolios

KARREN VERGARA  |  THURSDAY, 11 JUL 2024
Financial advisers are helping drive the shift to passive funds as they choose exchange-traded funds (ETFs) over active, unlisted managed funds as a core building block in clients' portfolios. According to Investment Trends head of research Irene Guiamatsia ...

Global X launches currency hedged version of FANG+ ETF

ANDREW MCKEAN  |  FRIDAY, 5 JUL 2024
Global X has introduced a currency hedged version of its popular FANG+ ETF (ASX: FANG). Earlier this week, the company launched its Global X FANG+ (currency hedged) ETF (ASX: FHNG), which it says offers exposure to "10 innovative companies" that are ...

Pacific Current names acting chief executive

KARREN VERGARA  |  MONDAY, 1 JUL 2024
Pacific Current named a former Challenger executive to lead the multi-boutique in an interim capacity. Michael Clarke, who spent more than 10 years at Challenger, takes the top job at Pacific Current following the resignation of managing director, chief ...

Inflation spikes again sparking rate rise fears

ELIZA BAVIN  |  WEDNESDAY, 26 JUN 2024
Australians and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will be feeling disappointed after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the CPI indicator or May showing an annual increase of 4%, up from 3.4% in February. Canstar group executive, financial ...

Platinum shutters London operations, UCITS funds

KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 19 JUN 2024
Platinum Asset Management has shuttered its London office following the closure of its Platinum World Portfolios. Platinum World Portfolios (PWP), which comprised Platinum's International, Asia ex Japan, Japan and Health Sciences strategies, were UCITS ...

ASIC appeals judge's call to not penalise Block Earner

JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  TUESDAY, 18 JUN 2024
ASIC is appealing the Federal Court's recent decision to not issue a penalty to Block Earner after it was found to have provided unlicensed financial services. In November 2022, ASIC commenced civil penalty proceedings against Block Earner, which offered ...

BlackRock to launch new ETF

ELIZA BAVIN  |  FRIDAY, 7 JUN 2024
BlackRock Australia has announced it will launch the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex China ETF (ASX: EMXC) with a management fee of 0.25%. BlackRock said the launch of EMXC furthers its commitment to expand its local iShares product suite, providing ...

Block Earner dodges massive fine

KARREN VERGARA  |  WEDNESDAY, 5 JUN 2024
The Federal Court has absolved Block Earner from paying a penalty for trading without a financial services licence, which ASIC believes should have been $350,000. While Judge Jackman determined that while Block Earner, which invested in cryptocurrency ...

ANZ dumps remaining stake in AmBank

ANDREW MCKEAN  |  FRIDAY, 31 MAY 2024
ANZ has offloaded its remaining stake in AMMB Holdings (AmBank) in a bid to "simplify the bank." ANZ sold its 5.2% shareholding in AmBank for MYR4.10 (A$1.31) per share. The Malaysian bank is currently trading at MYR4.22 (A$1.35) per share. ANZ chief ...

Brookfield Oaktree to further democratise alternatives in Australia

ANDREW MCKEAN  |  TUESDAY, 28 MAY 2024
Local investors will get access to Brookfield Oaktree Wealth Solutions' global private credit strategy later this year, with plans to launch it as a unit trust. An infrastructure fund that's been successful in other regions will follow by early ...
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