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Vanguards VAS and VAP ETF's are doing exceptionally well, so far this year 19% each.
The amount of money getting sent into these ETF's must be a bit of a concern, they are obviously going to have a big impact on the market, if there is a correction. IMO
Having said that, they may well be great to try and pick the bottom, if the 'mother' of all corrections happens.:D
 
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Back in March I added some more VAS to my holding. I noticed yesterday the distribution for the June quarter will be about $0.20 compared with $0.80 pcp. Interesting impact Covid-19 has had on many companies.
 
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Back in March I added some more VAS to my holding. I noticed yesterday the distribution for the June quarter will be about $0.20 compared with $0.80 pcp. Interesting impact Covid-19 has had on many companies.
The reality of dividends, hasn't yet hit those that rely on them yet, it is going to be a terrible year for some.
 
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Yeah, one reason I don't have only ETFs. No reserves whereas the LICs I hold do.
It is times like this, that people gain the experience to make wise decisions, things don't always go up and things don't always recover quickly.
I'm with you on the lic's. :xyxthumbs
 
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VAS, VGS and other Vanguard ETFs have provided estimated distributions for the period ending 30 September.

For VAS it is $0.570344 per Unit.

Down from $1.07096 for September last year. The reduction isn't surprising considering the economic conditions at the moment.

For VGS, the distribution is approximately the same as per last September.

Hold both.
 

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Vanguard has announced estimated distributions for its ETFs.

VAS is 43.42c. For the same quarter last year it 72.1c so it is down by 40% ..... didn't have any expectation the result would be spectacular.
As ETFs can only pass through income, that would have been expected, with the last few quarters seeing many companies delaying, postponing reducing or temporarily suspending dividends altogether.

Also, elsewhere, @Belli wrote
My only real bugbear with these is waiting until the Annual Tax Statements become available
Again, as the sum of its parts, accounts can't be prepared until ALL components are received.

For these two reasons, I prefer the LIC path
 
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As ETFs can only pass through income, that would have been expected, with the last few quarters seeing many companies delaying, postponing reducing or temporarily suspending dividends altogether.

Also, elsewhere, @Belli wrote Again, as the sum of its parts, accounts can't be prepared until ALL components are received.

For these two reasons, I prefer the LIC path

I also hold a number of LICs as I've previously mentioned as with ETFs, they are required to empty the "bank account" for each distribution as they are tax through entities whereas LICs have profit reserves which can be used to support dividends for a period

Was useful attribute during the GFC - which is still with us really as such events have a very long tail.

I buy VAS when my prefered LICs are above NTA by a margin greater than 5%.
 
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VAS has announced the estimated distribution for the September quarter is $1.412147 and is payable on 18 October.

This compares with $0.548148 for the pcp.
 
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Holders of VAS will find out soon enough the distribution for the December quarter. However, as an indication, STW (ASX200) announced yesterday its estimated distribution is $0.465772 per unit. This compares with the actual of $0.382029 for the previous December quarter.

It would imply VAS distribution (should it increase by the same percentage) will be around the $0.53 mark.
 
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Holders of VAS will find out soon enough the distribution for the December quarter. However, as an indication, STW (ASX200) announced yesterday its estimated distribution is $0.465772 per unit. This compares with the actual of $0.382029 for the previous December quarter.

It would imply VAS distribution (should it increase by the same percentage) will be around the $0.53 mark.

That was a poor guess. Estimated distribution is $0.696543 per unit. Payable 19 January.
 
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Vanguard Investments Australia Limited announces the following:
• Vanguard Australia Shares Index ETF (ASX: VAS) (ARSN: 090 939 718)
• Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield ETF (ASX: VHY) (ARSN: 091 751 807)
• Vanguard MSCI Australian Large Companies Index ETF (ASX: VLC) (ARSN: 147 936 105)
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incorporated in Australia. Under this unification proposal, shares in BHP Plc would be exchanged for a depositary interest for
shares in BHP Limited on a one-for-one basis. This proposal is subject to shareholders in BHP Group Limited and BHP Group Plc
voting in favour of the company’s proposal at meetings scheduled for 20 January 2022.
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BHP Plc shares on the London Stock Exchange to support the investment strategies of the above-named Funds.
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listed on the London Stock exchange. If approved, the unification is scheduled to be complete on 31 January 2022 at which time
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i hold VHY and VAS ( and BHP directly )

well have to think about this i was planning to exit both VAS and VHY shortly after the div. payment date
 
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Estimated distribution of 199.8517c per unit announced. Payable 20 April.


First, I'm OK with accepting a distribution of $2 per unit. No problems with that at all. What is curious is the why.

VAS tracks the ASX 300 and its pcp distribution was $0.77 per unit. STW tracks the ASX 200 yet its current distribution is $0.72c per unit (pcp $0.57.)

A big disparity in current distributions between VAS v STW and the additional 100 companies in VAS would not likely account for that. Maybe each has accommodated the BHP action in a different way.

Doesn't really matter. More than happy to receive a substantial amount in the account on the 20th.
 
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A big disparity in current distributions between VAS v STW and the additional 100 companies in VAS would not likely account for that. Maybe each has accommodated the BHP action in a different way.

An initial guess as to the cause of the disparity is that the 300 companies in VAS paid more dividends during the last quarter than the 200 companies in STW.

VAS and STW, being trusts, are required to distribute those dividends. Now, whether the distribution is in cash or in kind, or quarterly or annually, is up to the trust, but the distribution has to be made.

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The ASX 200 accounts for approx 80% of the market whereas the ASX 300 accounts for around 82%. I cannot see how that additional 2% would account for an increase of 150% over the pcp distribution for VAS when the STW increase was 37% over pcp distribution.

Vanguard announced it was buying BHP LLC on the London market before the relocation. STW when I checked was silent on that aspect. Interestingly VAS advises its latest turnover ratio is 0.82% while that for STW is above 2%.

I'll look at the distribution components when Vanguard provides it as that may have a clue. Only a curiosity on my part.
 
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The ASX 200 accounts for approx 80% of the market whereas the ASX 300 accounts for around 82%. I cannot see how that additional 2% would account for an increase of 150% over the pcp distribution for VAS when the STW increase was 37% over pcp distribution.

Vanguard announced it was buying BHP LLC on the London market before the relocation. STW when I checked was silent on that aspect. Interestingly VAS advises its latest turnover ratio is 0.82% while that for STW is above 2%.

I'll look at the distribution components when Vanguard provides it as that may have a clue. Only a curiosity on my part.
what about M&A activity ( especially in the mid caps ) depending on the timing of div. calculation that might help narrow the difference

in theory STW should have held slightly more BHP percentage wise ( but some clever buying of BHP might have made some difference bought cheap in London sold the excess at a fair price on the ASX )

now also you should be looking at VHY as well in this comparison because VHY holds more ( percentage wise ) BHP than either VAS or STW

maybe VAS was bringing extra cash by lending out the portfolio holdings ( as it has openly declared it will do from time to time )
 
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STW Total Holdings 209

SPDR S&P/ASX 200, seeks to closely match, before fees and expenses, the returns of the S&P/ASX 200 Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

Top 10 Holdings

CODECOMPANYASSET
BHPBHP Group Ltd10.92%
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia7.38%
CSLCSL Ltd5.75%
NABNational Australia Bank Ltd4.39%
WBCWestpac Banking Corp3.71%

CODECOMPANYASSET
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd3.40%
MQGMacquarie Group Ltd2.96%
WESWesfarmers Ltd2.52%
--Spi 200 Futures Mar22 Xsfe 202203172.33%
TLSTelstra Corp Ltd2.18%



interesting they hold so many futures contracts , currently

TYPECPSFRANKEDEX-DIV DATEPAY DATE
Interim71.91090.00%30/03/202212/04/2022
Interim46.58071.00%30/12/202113/01/2022
Interim105.66088.00%29/09/202112/10/2021
Final54.31040.00%29/06/202112/07/2021
Interim51.73088.00%30/03/202114/04/2021
Interim38.20074.00%30/12/202013/01/2021
Interim42.97085.00%29/09/202012/10/2020
Final10.97052.00%29/06/202010/07/2020
Interim47.24083.00%30/03/202014/04/2020
Interim60.07062.00%30/12/201913/01/2020


VAS Total Holdings 312

The ETF seeks to track the return (income and capital appreciation) of the S&P/ASX 300 Index before taking into account fund fees, expenses, and tax. The S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index is a free-float adjusted capitalisation weighted index of approximately 300 Australian equities (shares) representing over 90 per cent of the value of all Australian based companies and property trusts listed on the ASX.

Top 10 Holdings

CODECOMPANYASSET
BHPBHP Group Ltd11.01%
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia7.43%
CSLCSL Ltd5.80%
NABNational Australia Bank Ltd4.43%
WBCWestpac Banking Corp3.72%

CODECOMPANYASSET
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd3.42%
MQGMacquarie Group Ltd2.98%
WESWesfarmers Ltd2.55%
TLSTelstra Corp Ltd2.19%
RIORio Tinto Ltd2.04%

TYPECPSFRANKEDEX-DIV DATEPAY DATE
Interim199.850--01/04/202220/04/2022
Interim69.65063.00%04/01/202219/01/2022
Interim140.73087.00%01/10/202118/10/2021
Final55.64050.00%01/07/202116/07/2021
Interim77.00081.00%01/04/202120/04/2021
Interim43.42079.00%04/01/202119/01/2021
Interim56.84084.00%01/10/202016/10/2020
Final20.60052.00%01/07/202016/07/2020
Interim67.27078.00%01/04/202020/04/2020
Interim72.14068.00%02/01/202017/01/2020

VHY Total Holdings 67

The fund employs an index management strategy designed to track the return (income and capital appreciation) of the FTSE ASFA Australia High Dividend Yield Index. To closely track the index, the fund will aim to hold all of the securities in the index (at most times) allowing for individual security weightings to vary marginally from the index from time to time. The fund may invest in securities that have been or are expected to be included in the index.

Top 10 Holdings

CODECOMPANYASSET
BHPBHP Group Ltd10.36%
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia9.74%
NABNational Australia Bank Ltd7.19%
WESWesfarmers Ltd6.82%
WBCWestpac Banking Corp6.01%

CODECOMPANYASSET
TLSTelstra Corp Ltd5.88%
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd5.57%
RIORio Tinto Ltd5.49%
TCLTransurban Group4.83%
MQGMacquarie Group Ltd4.64%

TYPECPSFRANKEDEX-DIV DATEPAY DATE
Interim82.810--01/04/202220/04/2022
Interim48.21084.00%04/01/202219/01/2022
Interim158.57093.00%01/10/202118/10/2021
Final32.83086.00%01/07/202116/07/2021
Interim82.72092.00%01/04/202120/04/2021
Interim42.90092.00%04/01/202119/01/2021
Interim56.90092.00%01/10/202016/10/2020
Final22.66073.00%01/07/202016/07/2020
Interim63.24095.00%01/04/202020/04/2020
Interim65.79080.00%02/01/202017/01/2020
 
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A200 Total Holdings 197

The Index is designed to provide exposure to 200 of the largest companies listed on the ASX, based on their free float-adjusted market capitalisation. The Fund will seek to achieve the investment objective by adopting a âfull replicationâ strategy.


Top 10 Holdings
CODECOMPANYASSET
BHPBHP Group Ltd11.70%
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia7.87%
CSLCSL Ltd5.87%
NABNational Australia Bank Ltd4.68%
WBCWestpac Banking Corp4.14%

CODECOMPANYASSET
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd3.63%
MQGMacquarie Group Ltd3.20%
WESWesfarmers Ltd2.68%
TLSTelstra Corp Ltd2.31%
RIORio Tinto Ltd2.16%

TYPECPSFRANKEDEX-DIV DATEPAY DATE
Interim129.790--01/04/202220/04/2022
Interim78.56072.00%04/01/202219/01/2022
Interim169.92089.00%01/10/202118/10/2021
Final56.55055.00%01/07/202116/07/2021
Interim89.17087.00%01/04/202120/04/2021
Interim62.40065.00%04/01/202119/01/2021
Interim68.01087.00%01/10/202016/10/2020
Final57.41046.00%01/07/202016/07/2020
Interim42.40090.00%01/04/202020/04/2020
Interim114.14061.00%02/01/202017/01/2020

IOZ Total Holdings 203


The Fund invests primarily in Australian listed securities that form the Index. The Index measures the performance of the 200 largest index-eligible stocks listed on the ASX by float-adjusted market capitalisation.

CODECOMPANYASSET
BHPBHP Group Ltd11.05%
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia7.46%
CSLCSL Ltd5.82%
NABNational Australia Bank Ltd4.44%
WBCWestpac Banking Corp3.74%
Top 10 Holdings
CODECOMPANYASSET
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd3.43%
MQGMacquarie Group Ltd2.99%
WESWesfarmers Ltd2.56%
TLSTelstra Corp Ltd2.20%
RIORio Tinto Ltd2.05%

TYPECPSFRANKEDEX-DIV DATEPAY DATE
Interim----07/04/202221/04/2022
Interim14.59067.00%06/01/202218/01/2022
Interim47.74088.00%08/10/202120/10/2021
Final20.36046.00%01/07/202113/07/2021
Interim24.96080.00%07/04/202119/04/2021
Interim8.40066.00%06/01/202118/01/2021
Interim18.11083.00%09/10/202021/10/2020
Final9.00064.00%01/07/202013/07/2020
Interim19.13097.00%07/04/202021/04/2020
Interim18.64057.00%06/01/202016/01/2020
 
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