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Discussion in 'Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)' started by TMK, 24th Oct, 2010.

  1. TMK

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    Hi All,

    It doesn't go a day in the newspapers without seeing an article on exchanged traded funds.

    So interest is out there, but how are people using them in their portfolios?

    As a core? As a satellite? Portfolio completion? Cash equitisation? Active trading? Portfolio tilts?

    If you use them, let me know how and why?

    TMK
     
  2. Waimate01

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  3. Johny_come_lately

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    I think Australia is behind in Index funds and ETFs and Australians have not yet warmed to this form of investing.





    Johny. :(
     
  4. Chris C

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    Core.

    Why? Because I don't have the capital base to justify investing large amounts of time, energy and money researching companies that are worth investing in when I can by a diversified portfolio for a very modest fee and get back to my day job where I yield a much greater return from my time.
     
  5. Johny_come_lately

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    Chris,
    Do you mind sharing what ETFs you use.



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  6. Chris C

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    GOLD and STW at the moment.

    Planning to expand, will probably add to my position in STW if there is any significant correction in the next 3 - 6 month (I'm overweight in GOLD at the moment - I'm not selling, I'm just not buying either) and will also look to diversify internationally so I might pick up some ETFs like IEM, IOO, IBK.

    I think the next 50 years will be the years or world economic convergence. So from my perspective it makes sense to have a large chunk of one's portfolio abroad.

    I have even considered a position in ETFs like MAM and RSR as they might be a good play if you think western worlds will attempt to use inflation to debase their debt obligations and jump start their economies.

    That said I'm still mostly in cash, one because I think the prospect of downside risk in most markets is still too high, and two because my business is going through an expansion phase so it's good to have cash on hand at the moment.

    I still think the best place to invest your money is always in yourself.

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  7. Johny_come_lately

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    Surely, now would be a good time to buy international indices. A Canadian site suggested that I have 'too much local content'. (66% Oz). Half the world's companies are still US held.

    Metals and mining ETFs would require a good knowlege of the mining sector. I guess if you are in gold, then you know more than me. Are they good long term?



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  8. Chris C

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    I don't think this is "surely" anything when it comes to investing in the future. I think that today is "better" than 12 months ago, but that's all I know.

    Personally I think there is probably more downside risk for the AUD in the long run than upside relative both the developed world and the emerging world. So my personal opinion is that yes now is a reasonable time to be buying abroad, and you are probably more likely to find better value investments than you will find in Australia.

    Yes but what's the future growth prospects of those companies? Will their market share begin to be gobbled up by emerging market companies? or will emerging markets expansion grow the pie enough that companies in both markets will prosper going forward.

    The secret at the end of the day is to buy good businesses, wherever they are located. Businesses that are constrained by location need to have the local economy assess.

    I bought GOLD back in 2008 because I didn't like the strategy central banks and governments were using to solve the economic problems. I still don't like their strategies.

    I have a position in gold as an insurance policy against significant currency debasement more so than an investment to make money.

    That said I think most commodities have a bright future just based on supply constraints and the increasing demand looking forward 5, 10, 20 years - plus they have the added benefit of being more protected from inflation which could be problematic in the future depending on central bank policies.