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This week's highlights Precious metal silver, gold miners and oil posted strong gains last week as markets remained near all time highs. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was the best performer over the week up 7.3%. BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (Hedged) (MNRS) surged 5.9% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) was also up 5.3%. The Aussie dollar continued to strengthen and broke through US 76 cents. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was one of the worst performers down 2.9%. Australian domiciled products maintained strong inflows of A$206m over the week. Global equity products saw most of the inflows as investors steered away from cash products. VanEck Vectors MSCI World Ex-Australia Quality ETF (QUAL) had A$42m of inflows for the week and BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) had A$55m of outflows. This year has seen large inflows into ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) as investors look for diversification and protection amongst a canvas of uncertainty. ETF Securities offers Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium physically backed products enabling efficient and cost effective exposure. Gold’s more volatile sibling Silver remains the best YTD performers of the precious metals up 31.5%. ...
This week's highlights ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the top-performing unleveraged fund last week as COVID-19 vaccine rollouts commenced. Domestic resource sector funds (OZR and QRE) were also amongst the top performers. China-related funds CNEW, CETF and IZZ were the poorest performing equity funds, while UK and European funds F100 and ESTX also saw negative weeks. Precious metals declined last week with gold (GOLD), which dropped 1.4%, being the best performer. Platinum fund ETPMPT dropped 6.1% and was the week’s overall poorest performing ETF. Pound sterling fund POU was also amongst the worst performers as Brexit concerns escalated. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $449m, while outflows totalled $26m. Domestic equity funds STW and IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by currency hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV and a range of other, mostly equity, funds. Short equity funds BBOZ, BEAR and BBUS saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IOZ and STW. IHVV and FAIR saw above average volumes. ...
India’s star is on the rise with many nations, including Australia, seeking to forge closer trade partnerships. Investors may wonder whether they should consider investing in India and the ways in which to include it in their portfolios. There are a range of options for investors to consider. Why consider India for your investments? Many investors are interested in emerging markets as a diversification strategy in their portfolio, with the Asian region typically attractive. The Asian region has a well-documented growth case in terms of a growing middle-class and economic prospects. Though China is typically front of mind, investors shouldn’t discount other countries, such as India, as valid options. Investors should be aware that India has continued to struggle with COVID-19, however, it is starting to show signs of recovery. India’s future is dominated by three key growth drivers: ...
India’s star is on the rise and if you are considering an emerging markets exposure for your clients’ portfolios, it may be time to revisit India. Global challenges may just be a temporary setback for India, which is forging ahead with growth plans and many nations, including Australia, are seeking to forge closer trade partnerships. Like the broader Asian region is typically attractive to investors in emerging markets, India also benefits from the growth case of a well-documented growing middle-class and economic prospects. Recovering from the global pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has been significant globally, not just from a health perspective but also economically. India was initially hard-hit, implementing one of the harshest and most extensive lockdowns globally1. Cases appear to have peaked in India in September and there are now signs of economic recovery as seen in indicators such as industrial output and energy consumption2. The Indian government has returned its efforts to the future growth of the nation, with key emphasis on its existing plans for infrastructure. Three key growth drivers A large and diverse nation, both in population and in region, India’s future is dominated by three key growth drivers. ...
This week's highlights Precious metals and resources products were amongst the top performers last week. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was up 11.2% for the week, while ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was up 4.2%. Resources funds BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE) and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resources Fund (OZR) were also up 5.7% and 5.5% respectively. The poorest performers for the week were infrastructure funds, BetaShares Agricultural ETF - Ccy Hedged (QAG) down 3% and Magellan Infrastructure Fund (Hedged) (MICH) down 1.7%. Reported inflows into domestically domiciled ETFs were high at over AU$1.1bn. Outflows totalled AU$145m. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) and iShares Government Inflation ETF (ILB) had the largest inflows, while the largest outflows were seen in iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ). Expectedly VAS and STW were the most traded names over the week. ...
This week's highlights Energy and resources companies performed strongly last week on the back of higher commodity prices. Oil fund OOO and global energy fund FUEL were the week’s top-performing ETFs. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC), which includes exposure to lithium miners, was also amongst the top performers along with Australian resources sector funds, OZR, QRE and MVR. Precious metals funds and global gold miners were the week’s poorest performers as gold dipped below US$1,800/oz for the first time since July. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $469m, while outflows totalled $33m. Bearish equity fund BBOZ saw the week’s largest outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and IOZ. Asian tech fund ASIA saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Australian bank ETFs were the top performers across the market last week, with MVB, OZF an QFN all returning in excess of 6% for the week. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) continued its strong run in recent months, while global energy fund FUEL was also amongst the week’s top performers. Global gold mining funds GDX and MNRS were the week’s poorest performers, followed by healthcare funds IXJ, HLTH and DRUG. Precious metals mostly declined last week with gold (GOLD), silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) all down for the week. Platinum, however, rallied strongly, with ETPMPT amongst the top performing funds for the week – up 5.6%. Oil fund OOO also posted a strong week, returning 4.9%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $642m, while outflows totalled $71m. Domestic equity funds STW and IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by S&P 500 fund IVV and a range of other, mostly equity, funds. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. STW was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and IOZ. Property fund SLF saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets mostly rallied last week on positive vaccine news. Sector rotation continued as cyclical sectors outperformed. Global energy companies fund FUEL and global banks fund BNKS were the week’s top performers, followed by global value fund VVLU and high yield/low volatility U.S. equity fund ZYUS. Global property funds DJRE and REIT were also amongst the week’s top performers. Gold mining funds MNRS and GDX were the week’s poorest performers, while tech-heavy funds ESPO and FANG also ended the week lower. Precious metals declined last week with silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) leading the way lower. Oil fund OOO returned 7.9% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $455m, while outflows totalled $296m. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ saw the biggest inflows for the week, along with other technology heavy funds ASIA and FANG. Bond fund IAF and global international equity funds IEM, IHVV and IVV also saw strong flows. Domestic equity fund IOZ and cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and AAA. WVOL saw above average volumes. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
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: ...
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. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets traded mainly lower last week, with some exceptions. Global banks fund BNKS was the top performing equity ETF, followed by South Korean fund IKO and agriculture fund QAG. China new economy fund CNEW, cybersecurity fund HACK and gold miners funds MNRS and GDX were the week’s biggest decliners. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 2.4% for the week as the Nasdaq-100 declined. Gold traded slightly lower last week, though other precious metals outperformed. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 5.1%. Palladium fund ETPMPD was also amongst the top performers. Crude oil ETF OOO dropped 3.1% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $301m, while outflows totalled $32m. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by FAIR and QUAL. Leveraged domestic equity fund GEAR saw the week’s largest outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Fixed income fund VBND saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with dispersion across regions and sectors. China funds CETF, IZZ and CNEW were the top performing equity ETFs followed by tech-focused funds ATEC, HACK, NDQ and FANG. Domestic bank fund MVB also has a strong week. International energy companies (FUEL), global banks (BNKS), Japanese equities (HJPN) and property funds (REIT and MVA) were all amongst the poorest performers. Leveraged US dollar fund YANK was the week’s overall top performing ETF on the back of a drop in AUD from US72.4c to US70.8c. Gold and silver both gained ground, while palladium fund ETPMPD dropped 2.9% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $425m, while outflows totalled just $15m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ. Domestic equity yield fund ZYAU saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and AAA. Fixed income fund VAF saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets moved higher last week across the board with geared funds GEAR, LNAS and GGUS topping the weekly performance table. Domestic financial sector funds (MVB, QFN and OZF) rallied strongly, all returning more than 7.5% for the week. Biotech fund CURE also posted a strong week. Short funds BBOZ, SNAS, BBUS and BEAR were the only equity funds to post significant negative returns for the week. Precious metals mainly held ground last week. Palladium fund ETPMPD added 5.0%. Oil advanced, with OOO adding 9.6% for the week. Long US dollar funds YANK, ZUSD and USD were all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $464m, while outflows totalled $124m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ. Resource sector fund QRE and multi-factor fund WDMF saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IOZ and VAS. IHVV saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights The domestic equity market moved lower last week with bearish fund BBOZ topping the weekly performance table. Financial and resources sector funds (MVB, QRE and OZR), along with Australian large cap funds (ILC and VLC) were all amongst the poorest performers. International real estate (REIT), agriculture (QAG) and US small caps (IJR) were the week’s top performing unleveraged equity funds. Precious metals all advanced, with platinum (ETPMPT), silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) all amongst the week’s top performing funds. The Australian dollar also posted a strong week, with AUDS returning 4.7%. Oil declined, with OOO dropping 8.0%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $264m, while outflows totalled $66m. Domestic property fund MVA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by STW. Cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and GEAR. VGB saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets started to improve last week as investors mulled over further fiscal stimulus packages. The Aussie dollar depreciated strongly over the week. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 9.3%. Technology and related funds also saw strong weekly performance, with FANG, TECH and NDQ all amongst the top performers. Long USD products ZUSD and USD were also amongst the top ten performers. Long Aussie dollar product (AUDS) was the worst performer down -12.9%. Precious metal funds ETPMAG and ETPMPT were all amongst the week’s poorest performers, along with energy fund (FUEL) and Gold Miners (MNRS). Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $1.045bn, which was well above average, while outflows totalled $38m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, A$624.4m, followed by A200. South Korean equity fund IKO saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) offers investors direct exposure to biotechnology a sub-sector of healthcare. CURE invests in US biotechnology companies that are engaged in research, development, manufacturing and/or marketing of products based on genetic analysis and genetic engineering. Examples include the development of immunotherapy treatments and vaccines to treat human diseases. ...
This week's highlights Equity markets ended broadly lower last week, with a high degree of sector dispersion. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 10.9%. Resources and related funds also saw strong weekly performance, with agriculture (QAG), battery technology and lithium (ACDC) and domestic sector funds (QRE and OZR) all amongst the top performers. Short Nasdaq fund SNAS returned 2.6% as technology stocks declined. Financial sector funds BNKS, QFN, OZF and MVB were all amongst the week’s poorest performers, along with Nasdaq-100 funds NDQ and LNAS. Oil advanced, with OOO returning 9.7% for the week. Broad commodity fund QCB was also amongst the top performers. Precious metals were broadly positive, despite gold declining. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $253m, while outflows totalled $42m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD. Domestic financial sector fund MVB saw the week’s largest outflows. STW was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and BBOZ. MVB saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Technology stock led equity markets lower last week with LNAS, CNEW, FANG, NDQ and HNDQ all amongst the week’s poorest performers. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 9.7%, followed by other bearish funds BBUS and BBOZ. Gold mining fund MNRS was the best performing long-equity fund, while European funds HEUR and ESTX were also amongst the week’s top performers. Precious metals posted a strong week, with only silver declining. Platinum fund ETPMPT was the top performing commodity fund, returning 2.4% for the week. Oil fund OOO was amongst the week’s poorest performers, alongside sterling fund POU. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $487m, while outflows totalled $88m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by sustainability funds FAIR and ETHI and Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ. Cash fund AAA and bearish fund BBOZ saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ...
This week's highlights US Markets retreated last week as technology stocks were sold down. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) and ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) were the week’s top performing ETFs, with physical commodity product, ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket (ETPMPM), also amongst the top performers. The Australian dollar weakened but found resistance above 72 US cents. Currency products ZUSD, USD and YANK were also in the week’s top ten performers. Geared equity products, technology and oil focused exposures were the worst performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $702m, while outflows totalled $328m. Aussie Equity VAS saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by VGS and HETH. Domestic equity fund STW and Aussie Cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. For the second week, AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ...
Sustainable and renewable energy has become a focus for a world increasingly conscious of the impact of fossil fuels. While the growth in renewable energy is exciting, have you ever thought about what it means for the broader supply chain? In this webinar, we discussed: The growth of renewable energy and the supply chain required to support it. The future of battery technology, and How to use ETFs to express your views and values. ...
This week's highlights US markets posted more record highs last week as technology stocks continued their rally. The Australian dollar continued to strengthen against the greenback as it weakened against most of its G8 peers. LNAS, GGUS and AUDS were the week’s top performing ETFs, with BNKS, HNDQ and MHG also amongst the top performers. Australian technology and US listed FAANG stocks also had a good week. Bearish U.S. equities (SNAS and BBUS), US currency product (YANK), Biotechnology (CURE) and Global Infrastructure companies (CORE, GLIN and VBLD) were all amongst the week’s poorest performing funds. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $268m, while outflows totalled $27m. Aussie Equity STW saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by NDQ and GOLD. Bearish Domestic equity fund BBOZ and long US dollar fund USD saw the week’s largest outflows. AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) offers investors thematic exposure to global leaders in battery technology and lithium miners. ACDC returned 40.5% for the year to 28 Aug 2020, with many industries moving toward battery storage solutions. ...