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For some years, commentators have been comparing the thundering run in technology stocks to the dotcom bubble of the 1990s. For the past three years, technology has outperformed all other sectors, as promising new technologies have captured investors' imaginations. But comparisons of the present day to the dotcom era are arguably misguided. And claims that technology stocks are in a dotcom-style bubble are most likely wrong. Today’s tech rally vs dotcom The first difference between the two eras is the strength of the tech rally. Simply put: the dotcom rally in technology stocks was far more powerful than today’s. Had you invested $1 into the S&P 500 Information Technology Index, the major gauge of US tech stocks in June 1997, it would have turned into $3.20 by March 2000—a whopping 320% return in just two and half years. ...
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This week's highlights Global equity markets experienced heightened volatility last week as quadruple witching occurred. Precious metals rallied and were the best performers over the week. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) finished the week up 10.9%, ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) up 4.5% and ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) up 2.8%. The worst performers over the week were energy funds. VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) was down 8% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) was down 6.4%. Total inflows for the week were A$206m which consisted of A$257m of inflows and A$50m of outflows. The best inflows on a fund basis were seen by BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) which had A$30m of inflows and VanEck Vectors MSCI World Ex-Australia Quality ETF (QUAL) had A$23.5m. The biggest outflows were in BetaShares Australian Bank Snr Floating Rate Bond ETF (QPON) A$12.5m and BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) had A$6.7m of outflows. Turnover for the week remains highest amongst vanilla equity ETFs. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) had A$18.7m of turnover and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) had A$16.4m. ETFS physical palladium (ETPMPD) returned 10.9% for the week. ETPMPD is fully-backed by physical holdings of palladium and provides exposure to the supply and demand dynamics for palladium in areas like the automotive industry. ...
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Value investing, which involves buying beaten up and unloved stocks, has underperformed for years now. With central banks keeping interest rates low and global technology giants on a tear, growth stocks have thoroughly outperformed. But are things about to change? Steepening yield curve may mean a higher discount rate The yield curve has steepened sharply in recent months, as investors take stock of the coronavirus vaccine rollout and weigh fears that Biden’s stimulus package could trigger inflation. ...