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Thematic investing exposes your portfolio to some of the major socioeconomic, environmental and technological themes of our times in a tailored way. So what does this actually mean and how can you use thematic investing in your portfolio? Download the whitepaper, here. What is thematic investing? Thematic portfolios look at long-term macro trends, such as robotics and automation, and then use various screens and information sources to identify the companies or assets which support this trend through infrastructure or services. It can span several sectors or even asset classes, for example, a thematic investment in technology is likely to include companies within the technology sector as well as those in other sectors which access this trend, such as Amazon or Netflix. Investment themes should be: ...
Investing in thematics is a newer concept but can expose your clients to some of the major socioeconomic, environmental and technological themes of our times. For many financial advisers, the question arises of how exactly to use such investments and allocate to them within a portfolio. What is thematic investing? Thematic portfolios follow a top-down approach to investing. They look at long-term macro trends, such as robotics and automation, and then use various screens and information sources to identify the companies or assets which support this trend through infrastructure or services. Themes should be: Universal rather than specific to just one company or region1. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets traded mainly lower last week, with some exceptions. Global banks fund BNKS was the top performing equity ETF, followed by South Korean fund IKO and agriculture fund QAG. China new economy fund CNEW, cybersecurity fund HACK and gold miners funds MNRS and GDX were the week’s biggest decliners. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 2.4% for the week as the Nasdaq-100 declined. Gold traded slightly lower last week, though other precious metals outperformed. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 5.1%. Palladium fund ETPMPD was also amongst the top performers. Crude oil ETF OOO dropped 3.1% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $301m, while outflows totalled $32m. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by FAIR and QUAL. Leveraged domestic equity fund GEAR saw the week’s largest outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Fixed income fund VBND saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with dispersion across regions and sectors. China funds CETF, IZZ and CNEW were the top performing equity ETFs followed by tech-focused funds ATEC, HACK, NDQ and FANG. Domestic bank fund MVB also has a strong week. International energy companies (FUEL), global banks (BNKS), Japanese equities (HJPN) and property funds (REIT and MVA) were all amongst the poorest performers. Leveraged US dollar fund YANK was the week’s overall top performing ETF on the back of a drop in AUD from US72.4c to US70.8c. Gold and silver both gained ground, while palladium fund ETPMPD dropped 2.9% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $425m, while outflows totalled just $15m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ. Domestic equity yield fund ZYAU saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and AAA. Fixed income fund VAF saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets moved higher last week across the board with geared funds GEAR, LNAS and GGUS topping the weekly performance table. Domestic financial sector funds (MVB, QFN and OZF) rallied strongly, all returning more than 7.5% for the week. Biotech fund CURE also posted a strong week. Short funds BBOZ, SNAS, BBUS and BEAR were the only equity funds to post significant negative returns for the week. Precious metals mainly held ground last week. Palladium fund ETPMPD added 5.0%. Oil advanced, with OOO adding 9.6% for the week. Long US dollar funds YANK, ZUSD and USD were all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $464m, while outflows totalled $124m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ. Resource sector fund QRE and multi-factor fund WDMF saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IOZ and VAS. IHVV saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights The domestic equity market moved lower last week with bearish fund BBOZ topping the weekly performance table. Financial and resources sector funds (MVB, QRE and OZR), along with Australian large cap funds (ILC and VLC) were all amongst the poorest performers. International real estate (REIT), agriculture (QAG) and US small caps (IJR) were the week’s top performing unleveraged equity funds. Precious metals all advanced, with platinum (ETPMPT), silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) all amongst the week’s top performing funds. The Australian dollar also posted a strong week, with AUDS returning 4.7%. Oil declined, with OOO dropping 8.0%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $264m, while outflows totalled $66m. Domestic property fund MVA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by STW. Cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and GEAR. VGB saw above average volumes. ...