InvestSMART International Equities Portfolio Adjustment

To ensure we continue to achieve our objectives for the International Portfolio, we've recently made adjustments to the portfolio.

You can’t control your returns, but you can control your costs. By minimising your costs, you will have a much better chance of increasing your wealth. Most funds underperform because of their high fees.

Our philosophy is simple. By charging low fees and delivering market returns, over the long run, we will outperform our peers. This belief is based on the fact that over time, the majority of funds underperform the market.

This is evident in the recent SPIVA data. The below table highlights the percentage of International Equity Funds that underperformed the S&P Developed Ex-Australia Large/Mid Cap index (the comparison index) across various periods to December 2017.

One Year

Three Year

Five Year

Ten Year

Fifteen Year

52.51%

80.93%

90.86%

88.26%

87.10%

Source: SPIVA Australia Scorecard, 31 December 2017.

With these thoughts in mind, we’re making an adjustment to the portfolio to ensure we continue to achieve our objectives. We are selling our holding in the Vanguard all-world ex US Shares index ETF (VEU) and replacing it with the Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF (VGS)

VGS is a market cap weighted ETF that provides exposure to the performance of 22 of the world’s 23 developed equity markets (ie, ex-Australia). The index covers approximately 85% of the free float adjusted market capitalisation of each country and comprises over 1,500 securities.

VGS will deliver broad based international equity exposure and form the ‘core’ of our International Equity Portfolio. Outside of this, we are invested across several ‘satellite’ positions, each providing exposure to a different geography allowing us to tilt the portfolio exposure where required.

 

To find out more on the InvestSMART International Equities Portfolio, click here


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