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Finder.com investments editor Kylie Purcell explains the differences between ETFs and LICs. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and listed investment companies (LICs) are both popular investment options within Australia. Although they share a number of similarities, there are also important differences to consider as an investor. We’ll look at some of the main differences between the pair to help you decide which is best for your portfolio. What is an ETF? An ETF is a type of investment fund that trades on a stock exchange – similarly to regular shares. ETFs invest in a basket of assets, such as stocks, commodities and bonds. ...
The story of 5G is more than just an added boost to your phone and home wifi, it could transform the way we live and do business. From this perspective, it may form part of your clients’ growth investments now and into the future. What is 5G? Fifth generation wireless (5G) is a technology infrastructure system allowing communications and data access on-the-go, much in the same way that previous generations including the currently used 4G offered. While 5G was coming anyway, the COVID pandemic may see some companies accelerate their plans to access 5G-enabled technology, particularly automation, both as a safeguard against future lockdowns or simply to allow them to continue basic operations in the current environment1. Verizon estimates that “by 2035, 5G will enable $12.3 trillion of global economic output and support 22 million jobs worldwide”2. ...
5G is anticipated to transform the world, bringing new efficiencies and opportunities to how we live and work. For investors interested in incorporating this growth theme within their portfolios, the options are broader than simply telecommunications companies. What is 5G? Fifth generation wireless (5G) is a technology infrastructure system allowing communications and data access on-the-go, much in the same way that previous generations including the currently used 4G offered. It is anticipated to transform the ‘internet of things’ and become the force for the fourth industrial revolution. The fourth industrial revolution refers to how cyber physical systems are expected to drive the next era of industrial reform and change, bringing new efficiencies and opportunities to how we live and work1. Wireless networks are integrated into our lives and 5G sees that dependency increase further in the immediate future. It is already here in its early stages. ...
This week's highlights Technology stocks led markets higher last week on strong earnings announcements. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 9.7%. CNEW, HACK, ASIA and NDQ were all amongst the top performers. The domestic market ended the week lower, with BBOZ also amongst the top performers. The week’s underperformers were mixed and included Japan funds (HJPN and IJP), battery tech and lithium fund ACDC, infrastructure (CORE) and biotechnology (CURE). Precious metals were mixed with gold and silver pushing higher and platinum and palladium declining. Silver continued its recent outperformance. ETPMAG was the top performing unleveraged fund for the week, returning 6.0% and has now returned in excess of 30% year-to-date. Gold moved to new all-time highs, ending the week above $US1,975/oz. Palladium fund ETPMPD fell 6.4% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $359m, while outflows totalled $86m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD and NDQ. Silver fund ETPMAG saw significantly above average inflows in-line with its recent performance. Broad domestic equity funds IOZ and STW saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was again the most traded fund for the week. GOLD saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with high beta plays retreating from recent gains amid virus resurgences. Technology-related funds (LNAS, NDQ, and FANG) and healthcare funds (CURE and IXJ) underperformed, as did China funds (CNEW, CETF and IZZ). Gold mining ETFs (MNRS and GDX) were the top equity performers for the week. Precious metals funds were the top performers across the board last week as gold neared its all-time highs, peaking above US$1,900/oz. Silver fund ETPMAG returned 15.4%, while platinum fund ETPMPT also posted a double digit weekly return. GOLD added 3.5%. US dollar weakness saw long AUD fund AUDS also amongst the top performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $320m, while outflows totalled $68m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ and GOLD. Broad equity funds STW and IVV saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Nasdaq 100 fund NDQ saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with technology stocks taking a breather and other sectors coming to the fore. Agriculture fund FOOD was the week’s top performing ETF, while healthcare funds (DRUG and IXJ) and resources sector funds (OZR and QRE) also performed strongly. China funds (IZZ, CETF and CNEW) and technology-related funds (FANG, ASIA and HACK) were all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Palladium was the week’s best performing precious metal, with ETPMPD returning 3.7%, while gold consolidated recent gains. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $251m, while outflows totalled $65m. Sustainability funds (FAIR and ETHI), GOLD and bearish equity funds (BBOZ and BBUS) saw the biggest inflows for the week. Domestic equity fund STW saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS. VGS saw above average volumes. ...