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A question many ETF investors have is whether to participate in a Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP). ⇒ What is a DRP and what do you need to do? ETFs like many other investment options pay distributions. But why? Well, if the underlying companies that an ETF holds pay dividends, these are paid directly into the fund. The ETF collates all forms of income within the fund, including dividends, interest, capital gains and other amounts, and pays this out to investors as part of a regular distribution. ...
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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. ...