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Companies have been adopting robotics and automation into their businesses for many decades now. Robots, which are essentially programmable machines, offer businesses greater productivity. Machines, unlike humans, can work endlessly—days, nights, weekends and holidays. They are also better suited to repetitive and mundane tasks, which humans can find boring. But robots also offer answers to demographic questions. Thanks to the global aging population, labour shortfalls are on the horizon. Countries such as Japan – where the robotics industry is among the most developed in the world – are already leaning on robotics and automation to plug the gap. The companies listed below are all found in the ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX Code: ROBO). Five companies fuelling the transition ...
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This week's highlights The US equity market finished the week relatively flat as some technology and energy company results missed expectations. Commodities, oil and metals were also steady along with the US dollar. The top performer for the week was ETFS-NAM India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA) which was up 2.9% and BetaShares Global Banks ETF (Hedged) (BNKS) was up 2.5%. The bottom performers for the week were VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) which was down 6.4% and BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (Hedged) (MNRS) 5.4%. Total flows for the week were A$278m which consisted of A$352m of inflows and A$78m of outflows. The highest inflows were in cash and broad-based equities. BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) had A$61m and iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) A$56m. Most outflows were seen in VanEck Vectors MSCI Australian Sustainable Equity ETF (GRNV) of A$28m. Total turnover for the week remains highest amongst the broad-based equity and cash products. ...
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