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Smart Beta ETF Take-Up Soaring

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Investors are increasing their allocation towards smart beta ETFs opposed to market capitalisation and active strategies, according to VanEck. Smart beta cumulative net flows as a percentage of total flows has grown from 11.7 per cent to 21.7 per cent between 2016 and 2018, according to VanEck’s ETF IQ Scorecard for December 2018. “By strategy, smart beta ETFs are gaining in popularity, now accounting for about one-quarter of all inflows, at $1.6 billion over the year to date, as investors seek targeted investment outcomes and wealth-building strategies not offered by traditional ETFs which track market capitalisation indices,” VanEck said.

Meanwhile, net flow allocation to active ETP products has remained stable at approximately 10 per cent of total flows. VanEck also found that international equity ETPs attracted the greatest net inflows in 2018, attracting $3.2 billion, compared to $1.7 billion for Australian equities. “This reflects the trend for Australian investors to move offshore to diversify their portfolio and pursue growth opportunities,” VanEck said.

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Advisers to embrace AI ahead of FASEA code

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FASEA’s code monitoring scheme presents a good opportunity for advisers to leverage the full potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, says a financial education provider. According to Kaplan Professional chief executive Brian Knight, with FASEA’s code of ethics coming to effect on 1 January 2020, now is a suitable time for the industry to look to maximise the assistance of technology. “Over the next 12 months, the industry needs to see this as an opportunity to be much clearer and crisper in its documentation and procedures,” he said.

“It needs to be down to the level where the industry can utilise these technologies to assist those on the front line, while training the next generation and retraining existing advisers on their exact obligations.” Regtech firm Red Marker said there needed to be a mindset change within the advice industry on how AI and machine learning tools can best assist the industry. “It is important both dealer groups and vendors progress with realistic expectations, particularly around the ‘pre-work’ that needs to be done to ensure financial advice can become an ideal candidate for automated solutions,” said Red Marker CEO Matt Symons.

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State Street names new APAC head

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State Street Corporation has picked a new head of its Asia-Pacific business, with the incumbent to step down after eight years. Ian Martin will be taking the job in addition to his current responsibilities as head of global services in the region, succeeding Wai-Kwong Seck who the company says has decided to pursue other opportunities closer to his hometown of Singapore. Mr Martin has been with State Street for 25 years, having held a number of leadership roles across the firm and in multiple locations in the region.

He will be based where he currently is in Hong Kong and report Andrew Erikson, head of global services worldwide. “Ian has led the majority of State Street’s businesses in the region throughout his career including investment servicing, trading and research within Global Markets, and our data and analytics businesses,” Mr Erickson said. “With his knowledge and experience across our businesses, I am very confident that Ian will build further on our business growth in Asia-Pacific by delivering high quality solutions and services.”

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Xinja Launches Second Equity Campaign

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Neobank Xinja has launched its second equity crowdfunding campaign after being granted a restricted banking licence twelve months ago. Xinja was granted a restricted banking licence by APRA early last year and in the year since has developed a whole suite of new products. The crowdfunding raise is being run from Equitise and passed the minimum raise of $500,000 within nine hours when it opened to existing investors less than a month ago.

Xinja chief executive and founder Eric Wilson said that shares were available from today and they hoped to mirror the success of last year’s raise. “A year ago, when Xinja was the first company to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign, we raised more than half a million dollars in less than 18 hours. A lot has happened since then. We can now call ourselves a bank: we have a restricted banking licence, more products in development, and we have the momentum to become partners with thousands more Australians,” he said.

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Gender Pay Gap Remains Highest in Finance Industry

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Financial and insurance services continued to have the highest gender pay gap out of any Australian industry in 2017–2018 at 30.3 per cent, according to a report by the government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The study, titled ‘Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard’, revealed that although the pay gap in finance remains the highest, it had also continued to decline, dropping by 1.6 per cent in 2016–2017. Australia saw the largest single year drop in its pay gap for the past five years, with the divide in total full-time remuneration falling by 1.1 per cent to become 21.3 per cent.

Men are now paid $25,717 more than women on average. The difference in average total remuneration in Financial and Insurance Services was $48,884. Construction came second in the industry ranking, with a gap of 29.4 per cent, and a total salary difference of $39,950.

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