Betashares ATEC ETF (ASX:ATEC)
The BetaShares ATEC ETF provides exposure to the top Australian technology companies that are listed on the ASX. This is a low-cost way to access the Australian technology sector through a single fund.
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ATEC ETF Fast Facts
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Betashares ATEC ETF (ASX:ATEC) key information
|Ticker code: ATEC||Exchange: ASX||Yearly fee: See ETF list|
|Geography: Australia||Sector: Australian shares||Distribution frequency: Yearly|
|DRP: Full or partial||Domicile: Australia||Issuer: Betashares|
|Registry: Link Market Services||ISIN code: AU0000075467||IRESS code: ATEC|
ATEC: Track Record Warning
When an ETF does not have a sufficiently long track record -- typically, we consider this to be at least 3 years -- the ETF is could be at a higher risk of being closed down (if it doesn't grow), and the historical performance and returns (if any) cannot be relied upon.
Some of the risks associated with an ETF that has a short or no track record include:
- Performance - When a fund, ETF or investment firm does not have a track record, it is often difficult to know what to expect from the investment. This is not the case with all ETFs that are new, especially if the ETF follows a highly liquid benchmark that has been in existence for five years or more. However, we apply the track record warning as a reminder to investors that it's important to think long and hard about how this ETF will perform, and its role in a portfolio. Please note: at Best ETFs Australia we do not accept 'backtests' as a legitimate form of performance.
- Funds under management (FUM) - Although some of the largest ETF providers have established marketing departments and distribution teams, and joint ventures between distribution experts and boutique fund managers are now more common, new funds often fail to get enough money invested into them in the first 1-3 years to make them very profitable for the issuer. One obvious reason for this is most funds management and ETF ratings agencies (like us), who provide the ratings on fund managers for financial advisers, demand a three-year track record. We will accept a shorter-term track record (i.e. under three years), but it must meet a range of criteria before we will consider it a worthwhile fund/ETF.
- Buy-sell spread - The buy-sell spread, shown on our ETF listings page and in fund/ETF factsheet and quarterly reports, tells you how much it 'costs' to get your money in-and-out of a fund. Basically, it's an estimate of what it costs the fund manager to take your money and invest in whatever is inside the fund/ETF. Obviously, the lower/smaller the spread is the better it is for you. New ETFs/funds can have difficulty lowering the buy-sell spread to a reasonable level until they reach scale (e.g. having FUM more than $100 million).
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Australian shares sector
The Best ETFs Australian shares sector includes ETFs, managed funds and index funds which cover the ASX and national stock exchange (NSX). It also includes other sharemarket-focused ETFs and funds which may hold investments overseas (e.g. via the New Zealand or US exchanges).
Over the ultra-long-term, the Australian share market has proven to be among the best-performing in the world. We truly are 'the lucky country'.
One of the unique features of the Australian sharemarket is a willingness by companies to pay substantial dividends back to shareholders. We believe this may be a result of Franking Credits.
What exactly does Australian shares invest in?
The BetaShares ATEC ETF invests in Australian technology focused companies, in market segments such as information technology, consumer electronics, online retail and medical technology. ETFs are an effective way to invest in an entire sector through a single trade.
The Australian sharemarket is heavily skewed towards financials (i.e. banks and insurers), resources and property. These companies tend to be 'cyclical', meaning they move in-line with the direction of the broader economy and financial markets.
Some risks to investing in this sector include:
- Market risk: This is the risk that the performance of the ETF/fund rises or falls unexpectedly day-to-day, month-to-month or even year-to-year. We believe these price movements are unpredictable. Therefore, we believe investing for multiple years is the most prudent way to invest.
- Home country bias: That happens when you invest a larger amount of your money in local/Australian investments and exclude overseas markets. This may be because it is 'too difficult' or 'too complex' to invest in overseas markets.
- Concentration: The Australian share market is made up of many companies. However, traditional market indices have a very high proportion of their performance tied to just a few investments, such as blue-chip shares in the financial and resources sectors.
- Regulatory risk: Australia is a market with a robust financial system. Changes to the rules or laws regarding public investments could alter the performance of ETFs and funds in the sector.
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What you need to know about Betashares
BetaShares is one of Australia's largest ETF issuers, by number of ETFs issued on the ASX. At the end of 2018, Betashares had $6.1 billion of money invested in its ETFs.
BetaShares was founded in Sydney by a group of finance professionals who have a venture capital (VC) business called Apex Capital Partners. BetaShares was an 'in house' investment for Apex but grew quickly as ETFs took off.
Betashares is part-owned by Mirae Asset Global Investment Group, a specialist ETF business which manages nearly $130 billion.
$6b+ invested in BetaShares ETFs
BetaShares launched its first ETF in 2010 but has grown its ETF count rapidly to have around 50 ETFs in the market today.
Potential allocation for ATEC
This ETF might be used as part of a 'tactical' or 'satellite' allocation in a diversified long-term portfolio because of its unique strategy, costs, risk-reward profile and the expectation of long-term returns.
What is The Core-Satellite Approach?
A core-satellite approach puts investments into two 'buckets' depending on the expected risk and returns.
Bucket 1: Core Investments
The 'core' is the larger part of an investment portfolio and could be reserved for more conservative investments. For example, this might include diversified, low-cost and easy to understand funds, bonds, shares or ETFs.
If you're new to investing, the core is a good place to start.
Core ETFs might include:
- Australian shares (index strategies)
- Australian bonds and global bonds
Bucket 2: Satellite/Tactical Investments
The 'satellite' or tactical bucket is the smaller part of a portfolio (e.g. 0% to 30% of your entire portfolio). In this section, investors might decide to take more risk, invest in unique or unproven strategies, buy fast-growing individual shares, etc.
Tactical strategies could be higher risk, higher cost and more complicated strategies that are used in the hope of outperforming the averages (e.g. ASX 200, S&P 500, etc.).
Tactical ETFs might include:
- Australian shares (rules-based strategies)
- Global shares (rules-based strategies)
- Commodity ETFs
- Currency ETFs
- Cash ETFs
- Hedge funds
Typically, what is ATEC used for?
The BetaShares ATEC ETF could be used by investors looking to gain specific exposure to Australia’s technology sector. Navigating away from the largest ASX companies removes a lot of the exposure to the financial and resource sectors, and could diversify your Australian portfolio allocation.
How do I invest in the S&P/ASX Australian Technology ETF ETF?
The easiest way to buy an ETF is through your online share brokerage account. Just search for the ticker code and buy it. The following podcast explains how to buy shares and ETFs for the first time.
Meaning, you can follow the exact same process for ETFs as you do for shares -- both can be purchased in one account.
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Is ATEC a good ETF?
We believe that knowing whether or not to invest in an ETF requires a lot of research, even for an ETF like this one. ETFs are long-term investments, so it's important to do the right amount of research into the ETF before you invest, and consider how it fits with your risk profile, strategy and the other investments in your portfolio.
Where you can go to find more research on this ETF:
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