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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 6 November 2020

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Nov 10, 2020

This week's highlights Equities rallied last week despite the inconclusive initial results of the US election, with the S&P 500 returning 7.5% for the week. Leveraged funds LNAS and GGUS were the week’s top performers, while currency hedged funds HNDQ, MNRS, HETH and DRUG all outperformed. Australian property funds MVA and SLF were also amongst the top performers benefiting from the RBA’s rate cut decision. The Australian dollar strengthened significantly, with currency funds (YANK, USD, ZUSD, POU and EEU) all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Gold remained steady, while palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) both gained more than 5%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $320m, while outflows totalled $79m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by NDQ and GOLD. World multi-factor fund WDMF saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was again the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBUS and IOZ. NDQ saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) offers investors leveraged exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index. LNAS gains its exposure to the market via a portfolio of Nasdaq-100 futures contracts and is actively managed to maintain a market exposure of between 200% and 275%. LNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 30 October 2020

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Nov 03, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets moved lower last week with short funds BBUS, SNAS, BBOZ and BEAR topping the weekly performance table. Asian technology and technology-related funds ASIA and CNEW were amongst the few equity funds in the green. European focused funds ESTX, HEUR, IEU and VEQ were all amongst the week’s poorest performers as COVID lockdowns accelerated across the continent. The U.S. dollar strengthened on haven buying, with YANK, USD and ZUSD all amongst the top performers for the week. Gold remained steady, while other precious metals declined. Oil fund OOO ended the week down 10.3%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $925m, while outflows totalled $83m. Domestic equity fund VAS saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by fixed income funds VBND and VAF. Domestic equity fund IOZ and bearish fund BBOZ saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Global equity fund QUAL saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) offers investors leveraged inverse exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index. SNAS gains its exposure to the market via a portfolio of Nasdaq-100 futures contracts and is actively managed to maintain a market exposure of between -200% and -275%. SNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Valuing gold in a portfolio

Nov 03, 2020

The value of gold is more than its spot price but also how it works in a portfolio. As an asset with multiple drivers determining its price, gold can seem mysterious, but the data suggests its role in client portfolios is clear. Gold’s investment value Gold can’t be valued using traditional metrics related to coupon or dividend value. While some institutions have created their own models, it can be more valuable to consider the interaction of gold with other assets in a portfolio. Gold is included in portfolios for a myriad of reasons – diversification, growth, as a hedge against inflation, and for a volatility safe-haven. These reasons are backed by the data. The below chart shows the correlation between gold and other asset classes which demonstrates why it is able to perform differently and even offer positive performance in volatile periods. Allocating to gold in a portfolio Gold allocations traditionally spread from 2-10% of a portfolio depending on risk tolerance and market conditions. For many investors, taking a flexible approach may be the answer, dialling up or down allocations based on individual client portfolio needs and market activity. For example, some financial advice firms, like Stockspot, have used a slightly higher allocation of 12% in recent times. Using an ETF like ETFS Physical Gold (ASX Code: GOLD) may be a suitable option for many portfolios as it offers a low-cost, liquid and easy to use exposure without the need for physical storage. Contact us to find out more about GOLD and using it in your portfolio. Client Services Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au

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The value of gold in your portfolio

Nov 03, 2020

Gold can seem like a mysterious asset, but data suggests it has a clear value in a portfolio. Setting the price Gold prices are set by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) which also incorporates specific global standards for gold sales and receipt. According to the World Gold Council, there are four broad sets of drivers to indicate gold’s performance1 which vary in their influence at different points in time. Economic expansion: gold is used in jewellery, technology and long-term savings. These are areas that experience a boost in times of economic growth. These are also periods where inflation and interest rates may rise, and gold is traditionally viewed as a hedge against inflation. Risk and uncertainty: gold has traditionally acted as a store of value in uncertain times and its demand can go up in market downturns, for example, demand increased in the early months of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Opportunity costs: the costs and returns of other assets, such as bonds and currencies, can increase or decrease investor interest in gold. Momentum: price trends, the use of riskier investments and general investment flows can direct demand for and therefore the price of gold. The investment value of gold Gold is included in portfolios for a myriad of reasons – diversification, growth, as a hedge against inflation, and for a volatility safe-haven. These reasons are backed by the data. Gold has a low (and at times, negative) correlation to other assets as shown in the following chart. This means it performs differently to other asset classes thus assisting with diversification and in volatile periods in other asset classes. Gold has also offered positive performance over the longer term against other asset classes as shown in the following chart: Allocating to gold in a portfolio Gold allocations traditionally spread from 2-10% of a portfolio depending on risk tolerance and market conditions. For many investors, taking a flexible approach may be the answer, dialling up or down allocations based on individual client portfolio needs and market activity. For example, some financial advice firms, like Stockspot, have used a slightly higher allocation of 12% in recent times. Using an ETF like ETFS Physical Gold (ASX Code: GOLD) may be a suitable option for many portfolios as it offers a low-cost, liquid and easy to use exposure without the need for physical storage. Contact us to find out more about GOLD and using gold in your portfolio. Client Services Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au 1 https://www.gold.org/goldhub/research/relevance-of-gold-as-a-strategic-asset-2020-individual

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How to use thematic investing in your portfolio

Nov 02, 2020

Thematic investing exposes your portfolio to some of the major socioeconomic, environmental and technological themes of our times in a tailored way. So what does this actually mean and how can you use thematic investing in your portfolio? Download the whitepaper, here. What is thematic investing? Thematic portfolios look at long-term macro trends, such as robotics and automation, and then use various screens and information sources to identify the companies or assets which support this trend through infrastructure or services. It can span several sectors or even asset classes, for example, a thematic investment in technology is likely to include companies within the technology sector as well as those in other sectors which access this trend, such as Amazon or Netflix. Investment themes should be: Universal rather than specific to just one company or region1. Sustainable over longer periods, in some cases 20 years or more. Based on known patterns and pressures2. Some examples of well documented themes include virtual connectivity, ecommerce, biotechnology, the growth of the middle-class in Asia and climate change. How to use thematic investing in your portfolio Thematic investments are versatile and can be used in a range of ways, such as: To complement the equities component in the core of a portfolio. As a tactical tilt in the satellite portion of a portfolio towards trends or for growth. As a diversification tool to broaden from typical assets in a portfolio core. Whichever way investors choose to incorporate thematic investing within their portfolios, they should still consider the suitability for themselves and their portfolio, along with the risks involved - including risks that may be specific to a particular theme. Investors can consider a variety of options to access themes in their portfolios, such as: Direct shares in companies associated with a theme. Actively managed funds. Exchange traded funds (ETFs). Investors should be aware of different fees, minimum investments, brokerage, tax implications and W-8 BEN forms for some investments. There are different risks and benefits to using any of these approaches. Thematic investments offer investors the chance to be an active participant in the major forces driving human progress. They can also be the opportunity for investors to incorporate their passions within their investments, or even to have the potential of holding the ‘next big thing’ in a more manageable format. The increasing availability of tailored thematic investments in the market means they are more accessible than ever for investors to consider their suitability and fit for their needs, goals and portfolios. For more information on using thematic investments, please speak to ETF Securities. Client Services Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au 1 https://www.stockbasket.com/investmans-playbook/thematic-investment-ideas 2 https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/ws/v1/download?pid=csiro:EP126135&dsid=DS2

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Thematic investing for your clients’ portfolios

Nov 02, 2020

Investing in thematics is a newer concept but can expose your clients to some of the major socioeconomic, environmental and technological themes of our times. For many financial advisers, the question arises of how exactly to use such investments and allocate to them within a portfolio. What is thematic investing? Thematic portfolios follow a top-down approach to investing. They look at long-term macro trends, such as robotics and automation, and then use various screens and information sources to identify the companies or assets which support this trend through infrastructure or services. Themes should be: Universal rather than specific to just one company or region1. Sustainable over longer periods, in some cases 20 years or more. Based on known patterns and pressures2. Some examples of well documented themes include virtual connectivity, ecommerce, biotechnology, the growth of the middle-class in Asia and climate change. Access to thematic investments Typically, advisers might consider three different options for their clients. Direct shares in companies associated with a theme. Actively managed funds. Exchange traded funds (ETFs). Each carries different risks and benefits, along with varying fees, minimum investments, brokerage, tax implications and W-8 BEN forms in some instances. While still carrying investment risks such as market or liquidity risks, ETFs tend to be the lowest cost and most accessible option for investors given the potential for exposure to many companies and they usually cost less than actively managed options. How to allocate to thematic investments Thematic investments are versatile and can be used in a range of ways, such as: To complement the equities component in the core of a portfolio. As a tactical tilt in the satellite portion of a portfolio towards trends or for growth. As a diversification tool to broaden from typical assets in a portfolio core. The size of the allocation may vary depending on how the investor chooses to use it, ranging from 5-10% per investment depending on factors such as existing portfolio composition, risk tolerance, needs and goals. Thematic investments can help offer clients the chance to be an active participant in the major forces driving human progress. They can also be the opportunity for clients to incorporate their passions within their investments, or even to have the potential of holding the ‘next big thing’ in a more manageable format. The increasing availability of tailored thematic investments in the market means they are more accessible than ever for financial advisers to consider their suitability and fit for their clients’ needs, goals and portfolios. For more information on using thematic investments, please speak to ETF Securities. Client Services Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au 1 https://www.stockbasket.com/investmans-playbook/thematic-investment-ideas 2 https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/ws/v1/download?pid=csiro:EP126135&dsid=DS2

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