Question 1: I’m a little worried about that the impact of the Coronavirus on the share market. How can I protect my share portfolio? I have read about an ETF from Betashares called BEAR – how does this work?
Answer: An easy way to get broad market protection is to buy exchange traded funds (ETFs) designed to profit from a falling share market. These are actively managed funds that invest in derivatives, such as ASX SPI 200 futures contracts.
BetaShares has two funds: the BetaShares Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund (which trades on the ASX under the code BEAR), and the BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear Hedge Fund (ASX: BBOZ).