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BetaShares launches Australia’s first UK ETF

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BetaShares has launched the first UK-focused ETF on the ASX – the BetaShares FTSE 100 ETF (F100), which aims to track the leading UK sharemarket benchmark, the FTSE 100 Index, and provides access to a portfolio of the 100 largest companies by market capitalisation listed on the London Stock Exchange.

F100’s top holdings currently include global household names such as the world’s largest energy company, Royal Dutch Shell; leading global financial institution, HSBC; multi-national pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline; and global beverage brand, Diageo, owner of brands such as Johnnie Walker and Guinness.
 
BetaShares CEO, Alex Vynokur, says: “For Australian investors, F100 offers an attractive source of diversification, providing access to a widely recognised benchmark of 100 blue-chip companies listed in the UK.”

There are also handy sector diversification benefits available via this exposure. Compared to the Australian sharemarket, for example, the U.K. market tends to have a relatively higher exposure to companies in the consumer staples and energy sectors, and lower exposure to financials, materials and the property sectors. It also offers diversification away from the technology sector, when compared to investments in US exposures.

In addition, for income-seeking investors, the FTSE 100 has seen relatively high-income returns by global standards, with its dividend yield consistently above the MSCI World Index and currently at similar levels to the Australian sharemarket, with annualised yields of 4.8% versus 2.5% and 4.6% respectively as at end June 2019.

“We’re excited to be continuing to broaden the investment solutions available – F100 brings 100 leading companies to Australian investors, in a single trade on the ASX,” says Vynokur.

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