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Biotechnology came into the spotlight in 2020 as many companies raced to test and register vaccines for COVID-19, however, the potential and growth of this industry extends far beyond the pandemic. Biotechnology is transforming the way we treat and manage a range of health concerns and diseases and can be a highly lucrative space. What is biotechnology? Biotechnology specifically refers to technologies that use biological processes, capturing companies that focus on research, development, manufacturing and/or marketing of products based on biological and genetic information. The different types of biotechnology include biological drugs, vaccines, immunotherapy, gene therapy, orphan drugs and genetic engineering. While Australian companies like CSL Ltd (ASX: CSL) are no slouches when it comes to innovative biotech, the US is typically viewed as the global centre. The dominance of the US market is partly due to the world-renowned US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process and to the size of its customer base. As a result, many companies base themselves in the US for easier access to the process and more efficient ability to distribute and market to US consumers. Global innovators ...
This week's highlights Equity market saw a volatile week with most major benchmarks finishing lower. Short Nasdaq-100 fund SNAS was the top performing fund for the week followed by BBUS. Australian resources funs QRE and OZR were the top performing unleveraged equity funds. LNAS was the biggest decliner for the week, followed by a range of tech-heavy funds including ATEC, ASIA, ESPO and HACK. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) posting positive weeks, while gold declined. Platinum (ETPMPT) was the biggest mover, ending the week 5.5% lower. Oil fund OOO gained 3.6% for the week. Currency funds YANK, EEU and USD were also amongst the top performers in the back of a lower AUD. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $339m, while outflows totalled $147m. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ and domestic property fund MVA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity and fixed income funds. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV saw the biggest outflows or the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IHVV and NDQ, which saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets eased off the accelerator last week and treasury yields climbed. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was the best performer over the week up 4.5%. Sector wise, financials and resources also performed well. BetaShares Global Banks ETF (Hedged) (BNKS) was up 3.2% and VanEck Vectors Australian Banks ETF (MVB) up 2.7%. The worst performers for the week were gold miners and healthcare. VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was down 7.6% and ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was down 4.4%. Net flows for the week were A$242m, comprised of A$329m of inflows and A$84m of outflows. The largest flows were seen into BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and BetaShares Asia Technology Tigers ETF (ASIA). The strengthening Aussie dollar looks to be encouraging investors into unhedged ETF variants. iShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) also had strong inflows whilst iShares S&P 500 AUD Hedged (IHVV) had strong outflows. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) continue to have the largest turnover of products with ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) rounding out the top ten. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets hit new record highs last week, with the technology and China funds leading the way. CETF was the week’s top-performing equity fund, followed by FANG, ASIA, TECH and CNEW. Domestic property funds (SLF and MVA) and equity yield funds (RDV and DVDY) were amongst the biggest decliners, alongside biotech fund CURE, which gave back some of its gains from the previous week. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium (ETPMPD) returning 7.6% to be the week’s overall top-performing fund. Gold and platinum declined, while silver gained. Oil fund OOO was also amongst the top performers, gaining 4.6%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $508m, while outflows totalled $207m. Low volatility fund WVOL saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by international equity funds including IEU and IVV. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV saw the biggest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and IOZ. IEM saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets bounced-back last week, with high-beta plays outperforming. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the top performing unleveraged fund for the week, adding 9.4%. India (NDIA), Asian technology (AISA), innovation leaders (FANG), esports (ESPO) and battery technology (ACDC) funds were all amongst the top performers. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the overall top performing fund, returning 13.0%. Major precious metals declined last week, with gold (GOLD, QAU and PMGOLD) ending the week lower. Silver (ETPMAG) also ended the week down, having been more than 8% higher in Reddit-inspired trading earlier in the week. Platinum (ETPMPT) and palladium (ETPMPD) both posted modest gains, while oil fund OOO gained 8.9%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $318m, while outflows totalled $143m. Silver fund ETPMAG saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity funds including IOZ, IHVV, QUAL and NDQ. Domestic equity fund A200 saw the biggest outflows for the week. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IHVV and VAS. IHVV and ETPMAG saw above average volumes. ...
Demand for silver skyrocketed this week, off the back of the latest campaign from Reddit’s r/wallstreetbets group. Investors may wonder what’s beyond the frenzy and whether the Reddit campaign has unexpected substance to it. Download the complete article here The Reddit Story Following a bid to counter short-selling of GameStop, r/wallstreetbets turned its collective eyes to silver. With the claim from some segments within the Reddit group that silver prices were being held artificially low by bank and hedge fund manipulation and short-selling, amateur investors piled in to purchase silver ETFs and mining companies in a bid to push prices up. ...