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#48 Alex Vynokur: Making sustainable investing accessible to everybody, through ETFs

#48 Alex Vynokur: Making sustainable investing accessible to everybody, through ETFs

Alex Vynokur is the CEO and founder of Betashares, and he’s well placed to help us understand the market impact of the corona-virus, and what we can expect in coming months.

Betashares is only ten years old, but it pioneered the use of ETF’s, or exchange traded funds here in Australia. And they have a suite of ethical and sustainable funds that they manage through their own investment committee.

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On this episode…

We dug into the growth of ETFs over the past ten years, and how they’ve democratised investing.

Alex also explained how the Betashares ethics committee analyses companies, and the decision-making process that is used when removing poor performers from their index. He told us how Facebook was removed from some indexes in 2018, after revelations they’d shared people’s private information.

My key takeaways this week…

“It’s not timing the market, it’s time in the market.”

“Picking bottoms is a dirty business.”

Good Future’s Good Books

The most important thing

By Howard Marks

Essentially it goes to the psychology of investing. We talked about the fact that investors tend to panic and overreact. Some of the studies are showing that we’re our own worst enemies, when we let emotions get in the way of things. Of the natural path of compounding returns.

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