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Diversification is the only free lunch in the stock market. Successful investors know this and diversify their portfolios as best they can. But diversification also matters for exchange traded funds. ETFs have diversification built in, as they hold multiple stocks. However, there is more to ETF diversification than meets the eye. Below we give a guide to what investors should look for and explain our approach to building ETFs. ...
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This week's highlights New listing ETFS Hydrogen ETF (HGEN) was last week’s top performing ETF, gaining 8.9%. The clean energy sector posted large gains for the week with CLNE, ERTH and ACDC all amongst the top performers. Gold mining funds MNRS and GXD also performed strongly for the week. In a strong week for equities, bear equity funds SNAS, BBUS and BBOZ were amongst the leading decliners. Gold pulled back last week, with GOLD down 1.5%, while other precious metals gained. Palladium fund ETPMPD added 2.2% for the week. US dollar and euro funds (USD and EEU) were both amongst the week's poorest performers on the back of A$ strength. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $452m, while outflows totalled $102m. The largest inflows and outflows for the week were into Australian equity (IOZ), bond (AGVT) and cash funds (AAA). HGEN saw over $27m of inflows in its first week of trading. The weeks largest outflows were from cash fund BILL. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. BILL and AGVT saw above average volumes. ...