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BetaShares launches Australian Government Bond ETF

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BetaShares, an Australian ETF provider, has added to its stable of fixed income products with the launch of the BetaShares Australian Government Bond ETF (AGVT).

AGVT aims to track the performance of an index that provides exposure to a portfolio of high-quality, income-producing bonds issued primarily by Australian federal and state governments, and with a component issued by supranationals, sovereign agencies and similar organisations.
 
AGVT’s Index is currently providing an income return that is higher than traditional Australian government bond benchmarks, and has outperformed comparable indices on a total return basis by over 1.5 per cent pa over the last 10 years.
 
In particular, the long duration profile of AGVT, coupled with the liquidity, quality and security of Australian government bonds that it owns, allow this ETF to serve as an important building block for constructing robust, diversified investment portfolios.

BetaShares Chief Executive Officer, Alex Vynokur, says: “This is our first product that offers specific exposure to government bonds, a category that enjoys the highest level of investor security within the Australian bond market.
 
“Government bonds are a core part of a balanced portfolio given their historical negative correlation to equities and high level of stability relative to corporate bonds.
 
“Australian government bonds are considered to be an important ‘safe-haven’ asset class for investors and their advisers, and we are excited to deliver another compelling, cost effective fixed income investment solution to the market.”

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