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This week's highlights Tech-related funds posted strong gains last week with LNAS, NDQ and FANG all amongst the top performing funds for the week. Clean energy (CLNE), healthcare (HLTH) and the S&P 500 (IVV) also performed strongly last week. China-related funds underperformed, with CETF, IZZ and ASIA all amongst the week’s poorest performers alongside Australian tech fund ATEC. Global banks (BNKS) and energy companies (FUEL) also underperformed. Precious metals rose across the board. Palladium fund ETPMPD was the overall top performing fund for the week, returning 7.0%, while precious metals basket fund ETPMPM returned 3.2%. Strong dollar fund AUDS was amongst the poorest performers for the week, dropping 3.0%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $332m, while outflows totalled $174m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by international fund IHVV and ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC). Hedged global quality fund QHAL and cash fund AAA saw the largest outflows for the week. AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and IOZ. QUAL and VAP saw above average volumes. ...
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View Part 1 | Investment Strategy Part 2 | Risks and weaknesses Exchange traded funds have earned a justified reputation as being among the safest types of funds. However, ETFs are not perfect. There are risks and weaknesses that investors should know. Some ETFs lend out their shares to short-sellers Some ETFs lend out the shares that they hold to short sellers. Short-sellers borrow shares and sell them, with a view to buying them back later (at a lower price) and returning them to the borrower. Short sellers pay rental fees for what they have borrowed to the ETF issuer. ...