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This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week. Technology stocks and gold miners outperformed, while the Chinese market headed strongly higher. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 11.6%. China funds (CNEW, CETF and IZZ) and gold mining funds (MNRS and GDX) were all amongst the top performers. Domestic property funds (MVA, SLF and VAP) were the week’s poorest performers, followed by global energy (FUEL) and domestic bank funds (MVB and QFN). Precious metals advanced, with gold breaching the US$1,800/oz mark during the week. Silver was the top performing metal with ETPMAG returning 3.8%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $242m, while outflows totalled $263m. Sustainability fund ETHI saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD. Domestic equity funds (IOZ and STW) and cash fund BILL saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by STW. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ saw above average volumes. ...
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This week's highlights Risk-on sentiment returned to equity markets last week. Chinese funds (CETF and CNEW) benefited from optimism of a strong economic recovery in China. Elsewhere, big name domestic and global technology companies (ATEC and FANG) led markets higher, while domestic mid-caps (MVE) also performed strongly. Bearish funds (BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR), Japanese stocks (IJP) and global infrastructure (CORE) were amongst the poorest performing funds for the week. Precious metals were relatively steady, with gold ending the week at US$1,776/oz. Foreign currency funds (YANK, ZUSD, USD and EEU) all declined on the back of a strong AUD rally. Oil fund OOO was amongst the week’s top performers as crude climbed back above US$40/bbl. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $269m, while outflows totalled just $17m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the second week running, followed by BBOZ, A200 and GOLD. Domestic financials (QFN) and property (SLF) sector funds saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS. Healthcare fund IXJ saw above average volumes. ...
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The COVID-19 crisis has shed a light on how fragile supply chains can be, with essentials from toilet paper to milk vanishing from shelves. The solution could be robotics, automation and AI according to a new paper from ROBO Global, the index provider behind ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO). Read the article The current pandemic has demonstrated how heavily existing supply chains rely on a human labour force. While many companies, such as Coles, already had plans to incorporate automation, it is likely that the current situation will accele