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This week's highlights US markets marched onwards and upwards last week as precious metals also continued their rebound, while the Aussie dollar weakened further. Real Estate performed well last week, with VanEck Vectors FTSE International Property (Hedged) ETF (REIT) up 2.5% and SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate Fund (DJRE) up 2.4%. The poorest performers were BetaShares Asia Technology Tigers ETF (ASIA) down 3.9% and VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO) down 3%. Net flows for the week totalled A$240m, this consisted of A$362m in inflows and A$122m in outflows. This was driven by BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) which had A$35m of inflows and BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200) which had A$33m of inflows. The highest outflows were in iShares Core Cash ETF (BILL) of A$52m and BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE) of A$16.8m. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) has returned 23.1% YTD. ZYUS aims to provide investors with a return that, before fees and expenses, tracks the performance of the S&P 500 Low Volatility High Dividend Index. It uses a full-replication strategy to track the index, meaning it holds all the shares that make up the index in proportion to their index weights. ...
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With inflation running at its highest level in decades and the global economy getting hotter than anticipated, investors are wondering what to do. Bonds offer slim returns. As inflation has jolted higher, and central banks keep interest rates low, the real returns on bonds in rich countries have hovered below zero. AQR's Forecast Real Returns (5-10Y) Source: AQR, Q1 2021, Capital Market Assumptions for Major Asset Classes ...
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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. ...