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Australian ETF market poised to ‘smarten’

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UBS Global Asset Management forecasts that the increasing popularity of ‘smart beta’ ETFs and the rising acceptance of these funds by SMSF and financial advisors will result in significant growth of these products in Australia this year.

UBS ETF Capability Manager, Stephen Small comments, “Smart beta ETFs currently make up approximately 10% of the Australian ETF market and we expect this to double by the end of the year.

“These funds have gained popularity as investors respond to the limitations of traditional market cap index funds in that they have a concentrated exposure to a small number of large cap companies and the individual sectors making up the largest portion of the index. The ‘smart beta’ approach avoids this by weighting portfolios based on factors other than the size of the underlying companies such as dividend yield, value factors or buy recommendations.

“This strong growth in smart beta ETFs, such as minimum volatility funds, has already commenced in other markets around the world, particularly in the US and Europe. For example, minimum volatility funds alone pulled in around $5.5 billion in 2012 globally. Smart beta is the natural evolution of ETFs and we believe that Australia, being likened to the Canadian market, which now sits at over $50 billion in total ETF FUM, can expect similar traction,” said Small.

UBS launched its own smart beta ETF in Australia, the UBS IQ Research Preferred Australian Share Fund (ASX code: ETF) in October 2012. The fund uniquely combines the cost and liquidity benefits of an Exchange Traded Fund with the insights and expertise of Australia’s number one equity research team*. Its selection criterion is based on a "buy recommendation" from the UBS research team, as apposed to simply selecting the largest stocks in the market.

Since launching the fund has impressively reached $127 million in funds under management. UBS intends to roll out similar funds this year across multiple asset classes.

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