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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 26 June 2020

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Jun 30, 2020

This week's highlights Volatility returned to equity markets last week with most markets ending the week in the red. Gold miners benefited from record gold prices, with GDX and MNRS being the top performing ETFs for the week. Bearish US (BBUS) and Australian (BBOZ) funds also performed well. Asian equities had a stronger week, with India ETFs (IIND and NDIA) performing strongly, alongside ASIA and IAA. Global energy (FUEL), US and global high yield equities (ZYUS and INCM) and global banks (BNKS) were all amongst the poorest performers. Silver (ETPMAG) was the top performing commodity fund for the week, following by hedge gold (QAU). Gold continued its advance ending the week at US$1,771/oz, its highest since 2012. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $331m, while outflows totalled just $40m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by currency hedged global equities (IHML) and GOLD. Oil fund OOO saw the largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Healthcare fund IXJ saw above average volumes. ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA), which tracks the 50 largest companies listed on India’s NSE, returned 2.3% for the week. The fund is up over 15% since bottoming in late March amid COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Three reasons to invest in the vaccines of tomorrow

Jun 24, 2020

Technology is not just transforming the way we work and live, it is also saving lives and changing how we treat diseases. The biotechnology industry may be appealing from a social and moral perspective, but it is also trending for future growth. Download the full article What is biotechnology? Biotechnology is a sub-industry of the healthcare sector and 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. This industry has hit the headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, with companies like Moderna and Gilead part of the race to find effective vaccines and treatments. Why consider investing in global biotechnology? A growth industry backed by demand from an increasing population (and the trend of an aging population) a. Biotechnology is predicted to be valued at more than US$729bn by 2025, compared to US$295bn today[1]. b. The industry will benefit from increased spending in healthcare. The US, for example, is expected to average 5.4% annual increases in national health spending through to 2028[2]. Diversification in your portfolio a. Biotechnology in the US is valued at approximately 14.2x the Australian industry[3]. b. Biotechnology can be lucrative but is also high risk, so spreading internationally across a number of companies can assist in managing these risks. The chance to invest in something ‘bigger’, incorporating social themes into your portfolio a. The opportunity to be a backer for more efficient future health treatments, a social good with the potential to generate growth. How to invest in biotechnology? You could consider direct shares or managed options. Direct shares may be a riskier option due to the high failure rates of drug testing and long periods of development. Managed options such as ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (ASX code: CURE) may offer broader exposure across a number of companies. For more information about investing in biotechnology, click here or contact us using the details below. Investor Relations Institutional Trades Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: capitalmarkets@etfsecurities.com.au [1] https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/biotechnology-market [2] https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/finance/national-health-spending-growth-projected-54-annually-through-2028 [3] https://www.ibisworld.com/au/industry/biotechnology/1901/

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Global biotechnology in your clients’ portfolios

Jun 23, 2020

Biotechnology has hit the headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic as companies race for vaccines and treatments, but its growth prospects extend beyond this period. Australian investors may be well familiar with this industry, given the dominance of CSL, but may be missing exposure to the international market, in particular, the US, the global centre of biotechnology. Download the full article here What is biotechnology? Biotechnology is a sub-industry of the healthcare sector and 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. The US is typically viewed as the centre of global biotechnology due to the size of its market and the world-renowned US Food & Drug Association (FDA) approval process. The US industry is valued at US$113.bn, approximately 14.2x the size of the Australian biotechnology industry[1]. Why use global biotechnology in your clients’ portfolios? A growth investment a. Biotechnology is predicted to be valued at more than US$729bn by 2025, compared to US$295bn today[2]. b. The industry will benefit from increased spending in healthcare. The US, for example, is expected to average 5.4% annual increases in national health spending through to 2028[3]. Diversification away from concentrated Australian industry a. Biotechnology can be a high-risk industry, as well as lucrative. Average development costs for developing a drug are estimated at more than US$2.1bn and processes can take 10 years or more for approvals – assuming the drugs are successful[4][5]. Biotechnology performance has also benefited from highly active mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, expected to continue in the future. a. M&A for biotechnology was valued at US$23bn in 2019 with predictions of increased activity for 2020[6]. How to invest in biotechnology? You can consider direct shares or managed options for your clients’ portfolios. Direct shares may be a riskier option due to the high failure rates of drug testing and long periods of development. Managed options such as ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (ASX code: CURE) may offer broader exposure across a number of companies. For more information about investing in biotechnology, click here or contact us using the details below. Investor Relations Institutional Trades Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: capitalmarkets@etfsecurities.com.au [1] https://www.ibisworld.com/au/industry/biotechnology/1901/ [2] https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/biotechnology-market [3] https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/finance/national-health-spending-growth-projected-54-annually-through-2028 [4] Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, Unlocking R&D Productivity, 2018. [5] https://www.phrma.org/en/Advocacy/Research-Development/Clinical-Trials [6] https://assets.ey.com/content/dam/ey-sites/ey-com/en_gl/topics/life-sciences/life-sciences-pdfs/ey-firepower-report-2020-how-will-deals-done-now-deliver-what-the-health-ecosystem-needs-next-v2.pdf

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 19 June 2020

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Jun 23, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets rallied last week with high beta technology and small cap funds posting the top performances. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the week’s top performer, returning 8.3%. Technology focused funds ATEC, ASIA, TECH and FANG were all amongst the best performers. Domestic and international small cap funds KSM, MVS and IMPQ also performed strongly. Real estate (DJRE) and resources funds (QRE and OZR) were amongst the poorest performers. Oil fund OOO continued to benefit from the rebound in the global crude market, returning 7.7%. Gold held firm at close to US$1,750/oz, while other precious metals mainly declined. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $313m, while outflows totalled just $78m. GOLD saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by bearish fund BBOZ. Multifactor fund WDMF saw the largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund IOZ. OOO again saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) invests in over 130 US-listed biotechnology firms. Renewed focus on the sector since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the fund return 14.5% since the end of February and strongly outperform the broader US equity market.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 12 June 2020

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Jun 16, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets mostly declined last week, with second-wave fears and cautious Fed comments halting the rally. Bearish funds (BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR) were amongst the top performers, while technology-related companies in China (CNEW) and the US (FANG) outperformed. Global energy companies (FUEL), banks (BNKS) and US small-and mid-cap companies (IJR and IJH) were amongst the poorest performers. Precious metals all rallied strongly last week. GOLD returned 5.1% for the week, while the diversified ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) returned 3.8%. Gold miner (GDX) was also amongst the top performers. Oil declined, with OOO returning -7.8%. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $285m, while outflows totalled just $14m. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by IOZ. Consumer staples fund IXI saw the largest outflows. Bearish fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund VAS. GOLD and OOO saw above average volumes. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG), which invests in 10 of the world’s largest technology and technology-enabled companies, returned 2.4% for the week. FANG+ stocks, including Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google have shown resilience in turbulent markets this year. Year-to-date the NYSE FANG+ Index, which FANG aims to track, has outperformed the broader S&P 500 by more than 30%.

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Powering the future: investing in battery technology

Jun 10, 2020

Renewable energy is a growing sector that is set to overtake fossil fuel energy in the future. Investors interested in this area should consider battery technology and storage, an area that is essential for the growth of renewables. A growing market: why battery technology? The value chain for battery technology ranges from mining companies, mining for metals like lithium, to manufacturers of battery storage and storage technology providers. All are potential beneficiaries of the anticipated growth in this industry. Lithium ion batteries have transformed the battery industry and accounts for 85% of commissioned, utility scale battery storage worldwide[1]. By 2022, utility scale battery energy storage capacity is expected to more than double, while the market for battery technology is anticipated to reach $90bn by 2025, growing more than 12%[2][3]. This growth is due to growing demand and increasing affordability of renewable energy like wind and solar power, along with the transition towards electric cars. Renewable energy in particular is an intermittent source and thus, dependent on reliable storage systems to ensure ongoing power. The Telsa-built Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia is a large-scale example of battery storage in play. How to invest in battery technology? Investors can access battery technology exposure in a range of ways. Focusing on value chain component companies such as mining companies or battery manufacturers. Considering broader established companies with some exposure to battery technology. Managed options, either active or via ETFs like ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ASX code: ACDC). For more information about ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ASX code: ACDC) or investing in battery technology, please contact us on 02 8311 3488 or infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au

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Clean energy in your clients’ portfolios

Jun 10, 2020

Battery technology investments could be the answer for clients with an interest in the environment and a desire to incorporate this within their portfolios. Renewable energy and electric cars are set to take over fossil fuels as a source of energy in coming decades, but to do so, battery technology and storage will be critical. Renewables and battery technology Renewable energy, namely solar and wind power, are intermittent power sources. To rely on these is to require reliable energy storage in the form of batteries. Likewise, electric cars are completely dependent on battery storage to operate. The South Australian Hornsdale Power Reserve is the largest example in the world of battery storage for renewable energy, making Australia one of the leaders (surprisingly, given our coal industry) in transformation. Wind and solar energy are forecast to supply around 48% of world electricity needs by 2050, with battery technology, gas peakers (turbines or engines that burn natural gas) and dynamic demand anticipated to drive market penetration of solar and wind by more than 80% according to BloombergNEF[1] . To accommodate this growth, utility scale battery energy storage capacity is expected to more than double by 2022, while the market for battery technology is anticipated to reach $90bn by 2025, growing more than 12%[2][3] . How to invest in battery technology? The value chain for battery technology ranges from mining companies, mining for metals like lithium, to manufacturers of battery storage and storage technology providers. All are potential beneficiaries of the anticipated growth in this industry. There are a range of ways to access battery technology in your clients’ portfolios. Direct shares in value chain component companies with the bulk of their revenue related to this area, such as mining companies like Pilbara Minerals or battery manufacturers. Direct shares in broader companies which still include exposure to battery technology, such as Panasonic. Managed funds, either active options or ETFs such as ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ASX code: ACDC) which offer exposure across the industry. For more information about ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ASX code: ACDC) or investing in battery technology for your clients, please contact us. Sales Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: sales@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: primarymarkets@etfsecurities.com.au This document is communicated by ETFS Management (AUS) Limited (Australian Financial Services Licence Number 466778) (“ETFS”). This document may not be reproduced, distributed or published [1] https://about.bnef.com/new-energy-outlook/ [2] www.forbes.com/sites/mergermarket/2020/02/18/the-future-of-battery-energy-storage-is-upon-us/#d5b173d4a185/ [3] www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/global-battery-market-industry/

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 5 June 2020

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Jun 10, 2020

This week's highlights Bullish sentiment continued last week as most major equity indexes ended the week up. Global Banks surged and oil continued to rally on the back of extended output cuts. Among the top performers for the week were BetaShares Global Banks ETF (Hedged) (BNKS) up 14% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) up 10.1%. Geared US Dollar currency ETFs, miners and precious metals were amongst the worst performers. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was down -10.7% and VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was down -9.6%. Flows for the week were mostly seen across Cash and Core exposure ETFs. iShares Core Cash ETF (BILL) had A$43.1m of inflows and iShares CORE Composite Bond ETF (IAF) had A$21.3m of inflows. Outflows were highest across iShares S&P 500 AUD Hedged (IHVV) and iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF (IXI) Chinese Equity, Technology and precious metals remain the best performers YTD.

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Webinar Recording: Gold - A Precious Metal for Portfolios, 2020

Jun 02, 2020

Recorded on the 27th May 2020. This webinar focuses on the alternative asset that is gold. In this webinar, we discussed: Gold's strategic and tactical place in a portfolio Understanding gold's valuation factors: The short, medium and long-term price drivers Examining the recent rise of gold The future outlook To watch the webinar recording, please click here.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 29 May 2020

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Jun 02, 2020

This week's highlights Hopes of economic re-opening extended to optimism for the financial sector last week. Australian bank ETFs were the clear top performers, with MVB, OZF and QFN all registering double digit returns for the week. High yield domestic equity funds also benefited from the bank rally, with SYI, RDV and active fund EINC all amongst the top performers. Gold miners (GDX and MNRS), biotechnology (CURE) and big-tech (FANG) pulled-back from recent strong performances to lead the equity decliners for the week. Gold remained steady, above US$1,700/oz last week, though a rising Australian dollar saw GOLD fall 2% for the week. Platinum fund ETPMPT gave up some of last week’s gains, falling 2.9%. While leveraged US dollar fund YANK dropped 4.6% as the Australian dollar steamed towards US67c . Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $281m, while outflows totalled $45m. Bearish domestic equity fund BBOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by GOLD. Domestic cash fund AAA and currency hedge S&P 500 (IHVV) saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund VAS. NDQ and OOO saw above average volumes. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX), which invests in 50 of the largest companies in the eurozone returned 5.3% for the week. Optimism is rising that the policy response to coronavirus in Europe, including the establishment of an EU recovery fund and the purchasing of riskier assets by the ECB, will see a quicker than expected economic rebound.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 22 May 2020

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May 26, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets returned to risk-on mode last week with cyclical sectors leading the way. Resource (QRE and OZR) and technology (ATEC) sector ETFs were the top domestic performers for the week. U.S. small- and mid-caps (IJR and IJH) along with global property (REIT) were the best performing international equity funds. Asian focused funds (CNEW, PAXX, NDIA, CETF, VAE and IZZ) were all amongst the week’s poorest performers along with gold miners (GDX) Gold stabilised above US$1,700/oz last week, while other precious metals advanced. Platinum fund ETPMPT was one of the week’s top performers, returning 6.9%. Oil continued to rise from its April lows, with OOO returning 10.7% last week. The Australian dollar moved back above US65c . Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $372m, while outflows totalled $91m. Domestic cash fund BILL saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by bond fund IAF and GOLD. Domestic cash fund AAA saws the bulk of the week’s outflows. Bearish equity fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund VAS. GOLD saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT), which invests in physical platinum bullion, returned 6.9% for the week. Prices are being driven by a combination of rising demand, mainly from China, as vehicle production comes back on line, in contrast to restricted supply caused by mine lockdowns in South Africa, the world’s largest producer.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 15 May 2020

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May 20, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets mostly declined last week as the recent rally stalled, though the domestic market ended the week in positive territory. Gold miners (GDX) and biotechnology (CURE) ETFs were the top performing equity funds. Global property funds (REIT and DJRE) were the biggest decliners, followed by U.S. small caps (IJR), banks (BNKS) and global value stocks (VVLU). Precious metals rose across the board, with silver leading the way. ETPMAG gained 10.6% to be the week’s top performing fund, while GOLD rose by 3.8%. Strong U.S. dollar fund YANK was also amongst the top performers. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $407m, while outflows totalled $124m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by bond fund IAF and STW. Global corporate bond fund IHBC, cash fund ISEC and resources sector fund QRE saw the week’s biggest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by bearish equity fund BBOZ. Cash fund BILL saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG), which invests in physical silver bullion, returned 10.6% for the week. Being a more industrial commodity than gold, silver saw much bigger drawdowns in late-February and early-March as markets reacted to the rapid spread of COVID-19. At that time the ratio of gold to silver prices hit all-time highs. Since bottoming on 19th March, however, ETPMAG has rebounded by 23.7%, compared to 7.6% for GOLD over the same period.

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Trading the greenback

May 18, 2020

Product in focus: ETFS Enhanced USD Cash ETF (ASX Code: ZUSD) Trading the greenback Many investors view cash as part of the defensive, and somewhat static portion of their portfolios, but in uncertain markets it might also be used as a trading tool to act on shorter term views and expectations of currency exchange rates. The US dollar is one such option that investors could consider, using an ETF like the ETFS Enhanced USD Cash ETF (ASX code: ZUSD). ZUSD aims to track the performance of an interest-bearing US dollar cash deposit by investing in US dollar bank deposits with maturities ranging from overnight to three months and earning a variable rate of interest. Using USD as a defensive position Cash typically forms part of a defensive allocation in a portfolio for liquidity and downside protection, with Australian investors typically using the Australian dollar. Much like equities and fixed income, diversifying cash can assist with risk management, particularly in volatile periods. For example, holding currencies other than the Australian dollar might buffer the cash allocation in periods where the Australian dollar is weak. The US dollar often holds appeal to Australian investors as a result of its strength compared to the Australian dollar. AUD/USD 14 May 2015-12 May 2020 The US dollar has traditionally been viewed as a safe-haven asset, with most global central banks keeping it as a reserve currency and many international transactions conducted in the US dollar. The value of the US dollar tends to be less volatile, particularly compared to emerging markets, backed by what is to the most part seen as political and economic stability[1]. Trade your conviction Investors can also use cash investments to make tactical decisions on how they expect a currency to perform. For example, investors who believe the US dollar is likely to appreciate, may increase their cash allocation to the US dollar while those who believe it is likely to depreciate may choose to reduce their allocation. An ETF like ZUSD is a simple and liquid way to trade your convictions on the US dollar, allowing you to move quickly based on your changing market views. It may also be more cost-effective and accessible for some investors when compared to setting up cash deposits internationally or using a currency exchange. Demand for the US dollar globally driven The US dollar is heavily used across the globe. There is more than $13 trillion in US dollar denominated assets held in banks outside the US[2], reflecting approximately 15% of world GDP[3]. Approximately 80% of global trade financed by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is in US dollars (BIS finances 35% of global trade)[4]. The US dollar has also been used by the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) to improve liquidity within the US and other countries by way of swap accords. An example of how this works is as follows: the Fed has an agreement with the Reserve Bank of Australia to exchange US$60 billion of US dollars for Australian dollars and reverses this transaction at a later point in time[5]. The Fed has permanent swap arrangements with the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, European Central Bank and Switzerland but set up temporary relationships at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea and Sweden[6]. This has been to support the large demand and tight supply of the US dollar outside the US and has resulted in an increase from US$60 million in the first half of March 2020 in swap activity to nearly US$400 billion at the start of April 2020[7]. Depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, demand for the US dollar – either through swap activity or broader global activity – may put upward pressure on the greenback. Those who believe this is likely may choose to ‘go long’ on the US dollar by taking exposure to it either by buying US dollars or other means, such as ZUSD. Currency exchange and equity markets The exchange rate between the US and Australian dollars correlates negatively with US equity markets as represented by the S&P 500, meaning that the US dollar tends to appreciate against the Australian dollar when the US share market is falling and vice-versa. In other words, the Aussie dollar tends to perform well when markets are rising, which is linked to demand for Australia’s resources-heavy exports. This is demonstrated further in the following charts. As shown in the correlation panel at the bottom of the chart below, across 5 years there is a negative relationship between the movements of the S&P 500 compared to the USD/AUD rate. In periods of more pronounced downturns, the correlation has become more negative, as seen in the global financial crisis and the more recent volatility in March 2020. Long term S&P 500 vs USD/AUD rate (performance in top chart and correlation in bottom chart) Source: Bloomberg, 14 May 2020 To highlight how pronounced that relationship can be the chart below shows a strong negative relationship between the S&P 500 and the USD/AUD rate in the recent months of COVID-19 driven volatility. Short-term S&P 500 v USD/AUD rate (performance in top chart and correlation in bottom chart) Source: Bloomberg, 14 May 2020 An enhanced approach to the US dollar ZUSD tracks the USD/AUD rate and invests in US dollar bank deposits with maturities ranging from overnight to three months and aims to earn a rate above the rate available on overnight deposits. Deposits are held with one or more Authorized Deposit Taking Institutions and earn a variable rate of interest spread across a range of maturities to enhance yield, while maintaining the liquidity of the fund. Generally though, exposure to the US dollar through ZUSD may assist as a buffer against weakness in the Australian dollar and offer diversification in the cash allocation of a portfolio. Alternatively, investors may choose to consider ZUSD as a trading tool for a short-term tilt to access any strength they may anticipate in the US dollar. ZUSD is the only physical US dollar ETF offering quarterly distributions. This may make it appealing to income-focused investors. More information on ZUSD Fund Name ETFS Enhanced USD Cash ETF ASX Code ZUSD Management Fee 0.30% p.a. Distribution Frequency Quarterly For more information on ZUSD, please contact us on: Sales Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: sales@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: primarymarkets@etfsecurities.com.au

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Adjusting portfolios during COVID-19

May 13, 2020

Investing has become a game of chicken in the eyes of some investors. Has COVID-19 become a buying opportunity? Have we seen the bottom, or is the worst yet to come? It’s hard to make any solid predictions in this unfamiliar territory – investment markets have experienced a health crisis rather than being undone by poor fundamentals, such as in the global financial crisis. The essentials, defensive assets and growth trends should be considered by advisers exploring the opportunities to tilt the satellite portion of their clients’ portfolios. Incorporating the essentials There are a number of areas which may benefit from the current situation – or if not benefit, then at least be largely able to continue normal operations. Companies in the consumer staples sector is an easy starting point. People need basic supplies to live and supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths continue to operate and have seen increased demand in these times. There are even pockets to consider in the consumer discretionary sector as people use lockdown to carry out home based activities or upgrade the technology they use to work from home. Infrastructure, such as railways, energy suppliers and telecommunications, is a sector that continues to operate in periods of volatility. These types of companies normally have monopolistic fee structures and have very high barriers to entry with predictable revenue streams. This means they aren’t expected to rise as much in good times but are less likely to be materially impacted in the bad times. In the current situation, telecommunications has benefitted from an increased dependence from a population working from home. An ETF like ETFS Global Core Infrastructure ETF (ASX code: CORE) can offer exposure to global infrastructure companies in a client portfolio. Defending against volatility Defensive assets like gold or silver can offer a buffer in volatile markets. Gold in particular has been used as a safe haven asset in the past for its low and at times negative correlation to other asset classes. You might choose to use an ETF like ETFS Physical Gold (ASX code: GOLD) or ETFS Physical Silver (ASX code: ETPMAG) in the core of a portfolio or as an additional satellite tilt. Growth trends The volatility of COVID-19 has reset markets, and the time might be favourable for some investors to access growth trends at more favourable valuations. Technology trends have particularly accelerated during COVID-19, with ecommerce and online entertainment experiencing spikes in use. ETFs such as ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF (ASX code: TECH) or ETFS FANG+ ETF (ASX code: FANG) offer access to the companies withinthis theme. Biotechnology may be a longer-term trend but it is also particularly topical at the moment in the hunt for vaccines and a cure for COVID-19. The ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (ASX code: CURE) accesses this trend and offers exposure to some of the key players currently working against the virus, including Gilead, Regeneron and Moderna. The growing Indian economy may also pose an opportunity for some investors (learn more here). It can be accessed through the ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (ASX code: NDIA).

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Three investment ideas for COVID-19

May 13, 2020

Investing has become a game of chicken in the eyes of some investors. Has COVID-19 become a buying opportunity? Have we seen the bottom, or is the worst yet to come? It’s hard to make any solid predictions in this unfamiliar territory – investment markets have experienced a health crisis rather than being undone by poor fundamentals, such as in the global financial crisis. Those investors looking for ideas could consider the following. Download the complete paper or read the summary below 1. The essentials Some sectors are largely able to continue normal operations, even in crisis situations. Humans still need basic supplies and services to live, meaning that consumer staples continue to see demand, while infrastructure such as energy suppliers or telecommunications continue to need to operate. In the current situation, telecommunications have been particularly essential with much of the population needing to work from home. Investors could look at an ETF like ETFS Global Core Infrastructure ETF (ASX code: CORE) to access global infrastructure. 2. Defensive assets Uncertain times can make for volatile markets. Some investors may seek to include defensive assets which may be less correlated to equity market performance, such as precious metals like gold or silver. Gold in particular has been used as a safe haven asset in the past for its low and at times negative correlation to other asset classes. Investors can access precious metals through ETFs like ETFS Physical Gold (ASX code: GOLD) or ETFS Physical Silver (ASX code: ETPMAG). 3. Long-term megatrends Those investors looking beyond the current activity could consider megatrends, some of which have accelerated during the pandemic. Trends such as ecommerce or online entertainment, falling under the megatrend for virtual connectivity and digitisation, have experienced spikes as citizens in lockdown have become attuned to their availability and convenience. Investors seeking companies which focus on this theme can consider an ETF like ETFS FANG+ ETF (ASX code: FANG) which includes companies like Amazon and Netflix. Biotechnology may be a longer-term trend but it is also particularly topical at the moment in the hunt for vaccines and a cure for COVID-19. The ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (ASX code: CURE) accesses this trend and offers exposure to some of the key players currently working against the virus, including Gilead, Regeneron and Moderna.

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Investing to meet your financial goals

May 13, 2020

Whether your goal is to build a house deposit, pay for education or create a retirement income, taking a measured approach to your investments can help. Most investors typically need to be able to preserve a certain level of capital, while also investing for long term growth or income. An enhanced core-satellite approach to building your investment portfolio can help you target your goals and manage market movements. Download the complete paper or read a summary below. What is enhanced core-satellite investing? Enhanced core-satellite investing is a two-pronged approach to portfolio construction, where the core is made up of passive exposures to major asset classes (mainly equities and fixed income) and the satellite investments are more opportunistic and designed to seek specific growth outcomes, sometimes at higher levels of risk. Satellite investments could be targeted ETFs, actively managed funds or investments in individual companies or real estate. Generally, the core might be 65-85% of the portfolio, depending on the investor’s goals, investment horizon and risk tolerance, while satellites tend to represent 15-35%[1]. Assisting you with your goals This approach can assist investors in meeting their goals because it allows the main component to focus on long term growth and stability and use the satellite component to take on investing opportunities which may carry greater opportunity of returns alongside greater risk of loss to help meet specific goals. Interested in finding out how this approach has worked during the COVID-19 pandemic? Read more How this might look is as follows. An investor might use an ETF like ETFS S&P/ASX 300 High Yield Plus ETF (ASX code: ZYAU) to represent the Australian equities exposure in the core of their portfolio. They might then choose to incorporate a growth theme like robotics and artificial intelligence in their satellite portion by using an ETF like ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO). Using ETFs in the investment portfolio can be beneficial due to characteristics like liquidity (allowing investors to be flexible based on needs or market conditions), low costs along with flexibility and variety. With a wide range available on the ASX, investors are more likely to find an ETF to meet specific goals or match particular views. For more information on enhanced core-satellite portfolio construction or to find out more about using our range of ETFs in your portfolio, speak to ETF Securities.

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Investing for better outcomes

May 13, 2020

How to build your clients’ portfolios to meet their goals The unpredictable nature of markets means that advisers need to be pragmatic and measured in their approach to meeting their clients’ goals, ranging from building a house deposit and paying for education to generating a consistent retirement income while maintaining enough capital for aged care deposits. Whatever the goals, most advisers typically need to be able to preserve a certain level of capital for their clients, while also investing for long term growth or for stable income. An enhanced core-satellite approach to portfolio construction can offer a cost-efficient and measured way to target investment goals and manage market volatility. Download the complete paper or read the summary below: What is enhanced core-satellite investing? In enhanced core-satellite investing, the core is made up of passive exposures, including smart beta, to major asset classes (mainly equities and fixed income) while satellite investments are more opportunistic and designed to seek specific growth outcomes, sometimes at higher levels of risk. Satellite investments might traditionally have been active managed funds or direct investments in companies or real estate but are now equally likely to be selected from the tailored ETFs available today. Generally, the core might be 65-85% of the portfolio, depending on the investor’s goals, investment horizon and risk tolerance, while satellites would represent 15-35%[1]. How this might look in practice is as follows: an investor focused on income might use the satellite components for yield or proactively switch to defensive or growth tilts to bolster their core investments, depending on market conditions. Their core might include investments such as ETFS S&P/ASX 300 High Yield Plus ETF (ASX code: ZYAU) or ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ASX code: ESTX). In the current market conditions, the investor might choose to increase exposure to defensive investments to the satellite like ETFS Physical Gold (ASX code: GOLD), or include an exposure to foreign currencies like the US dollar which offer a higher yield compared to the Australian via an ETF like ETFS Enhanced USD Cash ETF (ZUSD). How enhanced core-satellite investing supports client needs and goals? Core-satellite investing is a flexible approach and the core will look different according to the individual investor. A high growth strategy might have a core with a higher proportion of ‘riskier’ assets like equities, while a defensive strategy might focus more on assets like gold or fixed income. Investors should consider the core as where they set their strategic asset allocation – where the long-term targets are set for the investment composition to meet your goals, needs and views. By contrast, the satellite is for tactical asset allocation – for shorter-term investments based on market and world conditions that are likely to be more temporary. [Learn about how core-satellite investing has worked during the COVID-19 pandemic here] Core-satellite portfolio construction also assists in cost management for investors. Passive investing is typically lower cost when compared to actively managed funds. Using ETFs may offer additional pricing efficiencies for investors, such as lower administration and management fees as well as lower entry point compared to managed funds and listed investment trusts. Other considerations from using ETFs may be benefits from liquidity which can assist in flexibility to move based on market conditions or to free up funds to meet specific cash needs. There is also a wide range of ETFs available, assisting advisers in identifying those which may fill specific portfolio gaps, match specific goals or even meet particular views held by clients. For more information on enhanced core-satellite portfolio construction or to find out more about using our range of ETFs in your portfolio, speak to ETF Securities.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 8 May 2020

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May 12, 2020

This week's highlights U.S. and Australian equity markets finished up last week. Oil rebounded and technology stocks bounced (OOO and ATEC) were the top performers for the week, returning 14.7% and 10.8% respectively. Biotechnology fund CURE also had a strong week up 8% and Global TECH was up 7.9%. European markets dipped along with emerging markets as debt levels came into question, with NDIA down 8%. While precious metal Palladium (ETPMPD) was down 7.7% for the week. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $286m, while outflows totalled $172m. iShares Composite Bond ETF (IAF) saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by QUAL and defensive strategies GOLD and BBUS. iShares Core Cash (BILL) saw the week’s biggest outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by MSTR and VAS. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE), which tracks a basket of the world’s leading biotechnology companies listed in the U.S., returned 8% for the week. The sub-sector remains popular given the demand for a COVID-19 treatment or vaccine.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 1 May 2020

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May 05, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week. India funds (NDIA and IIND) were the top performers for the week, returning 8.4% and 6.1% respectively. European funds (ESTX and HEUR) as well as a range of active ETFs (IMPQ, INES and VVLU) were also amongst the top performers. Biotech (CURE) and healthcare (IXJ) funds were amongst the poorest performers amidst coronavirus-related volatility. Precious metals mostly declined last week with GOLD down 2.8% and palladium (ETPMPD) falling 4.6%. Oil remained volatile, but finished the week relatively unchanged. The Australian dollar traded above US65c before ending just above US64c. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $317m, while outflows totalled $76m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by QUAL and a range of domestic equity funds (A200, IOZ and STW). Hedged MSCI World fund (IHWL) saw the week’s biggest outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and bearish US fund BBUS. OOO saw above average volumes in-line with its flows. ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA), which tracks the 50 largest companies listed on India’s NSE, returned 8.4% for the week. The Indian market was buoyed by better than expected corporate earnings and encouraging initial results of a potential COVID-19 treatment.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 24 April 2020

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Apr 28, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets mostly retreated last week as the rebound stalled across many sectors. Gold miners (MNRS and GDX) and biotechnology (CURE) were the top performing long-only equity funds. Bearish funds (BBOZ, BEAR and BBUS) also fared well. Australian property funds (MVA, SLF and VAP), dividend yield funds (ZYAU and MVS) and sustainability funds (GRNV and FAIR) were amongst the poorest performers for the week. Oil continued its dramatic slide, with OOO dropping 45.6% for the week. Gold consolidated above US$1,700/ounce, with GOLD, PMGOLD and QAU all amongst the week’s top performers. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $333m, while outflows totalled $128m. Oil fund OOO saw the biggest inflows as investors looked to profit from historically low prices. Domestic floating rate note funds (FLOT and QPON) saw the biggest outflows for the week along with emerging market equities (IEM). Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by broad-based funds OOO and VAS. IEM saw above average volumes in-line with its flows. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE), which tracks the performance of an equally weighted portfolio of US-listed biotechnology companies, returned 5.7% for the week and is up 11.7% year-to-date. In comparison, the benchmark S&P 500 Index has declined by 2.7% year-to-date in Australian dollar terms.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 17 April 2020

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Apr 21, 2020

This week's highlights The rebound in equity markets continued last week. Healthcare (Biotechnology) and technology sectors provided many of the top performing ETFs for the week with FANG and CURE returning 10.1% and 8.7% respectively. Precious metals GOLD and ETPMPD are the top performers year to date. Oil continued its slide, with OOO dropping 14.7% for the week and oil futures moving well into uncharted territory. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $225m, while outflows totalled $133m. International bear equity fund BBUS saw the biggest inflows, while funds OOO, BBOZ and IOZ also saw strong flows. Australian portfolio diversifier fund EX20 saw the week’s biggest outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the second week running, followed by broad-based funds VAS and STW. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG), which tracks the performance of technology leaders such as Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Facebook and Netflix, returned 10.1% for the week and is now up 7.8% since its inception at the end of February 2020.

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Webinar: The FANG Future

Apr 20, 2020

Watch Webinar Recording: The FANG Future Recorded on the 7th April 2020, this webinar looks at the ETFS FANG+ ETF: How the FANG companies have been affected by the current COVID-19 situation and the outlook ahead The highly traded high growth companies held in FANG Why we launched FANG and how to use it in a portfolio Why invest via an ETF rather than using alternative investment options Note: skip to 2:53 for start of presentation

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 10 April 2020

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Apr 15, 2020

This week's highlights The rebound in equity markets continued into the Easter long weekend. Global and domestic real estate sectors provided many of the top performing ETFs for the week with REIT, SLF, MVA, VAP and DJRE all returning in excess of 13%. Small- and mid-cap U.S. equities (IJR and IJH) and global banks (BNKS) also posted strong returns. With most sectors and markets posting gains, only bearish funds were amongst the poorest performers across equity ETFs. Oil continued its slide, with OOO dropping 17.7% for the week. The US dollar declined against most majors. Precious metals advanced in US dollar terms, but declined against a strengthening AUD. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $398m, while outflows totalled $190m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows, while bearish funds BBOZ, BBUS, cash fund AAA and currency hedged equity funds (IHVV and QHAL) also saw strong flows. High yield fixed income fund IHHY saw the week’s biggest outflows for the second week running. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by broad-based funds VAS and STW. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG), which tracks the performance of technology leaders such as Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Facebook and Netflix, returned 4.6% for the week and is down by just 2.1% since its inception at the end of February 2020. The NYSE FANG+ Index, which FANG tracks, has posted a positive return of 11.2% year-to-date, despite the broad market sell-off.

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Ounces to dollars - why aren't you invested in gold?

Apr 07, 2020

Gold has grabbed headlines during the COVID-19 situation, as investors have raced to safe-haven assets. While gold is valued as a hedge against short term volatility, it can also hold a long-term role in a diversified portfolio given its defensive and growth qualities. Gold can represent 2-10% of a portfolio, depending on an investor’s needs or strategy, but many investors are missing this allocation. For these investors, it has become a question of why not? Gold as a safe haven Gold has both defensive and growth qualities, which has led to its position as an investment safe-haven in times of volatility. It can act as a store of value, as well as holding the potential to grow. There are two key reasons for this. 1) Gold has a low, and at times, negative correlation to other asset classes. That is, it performs differently to other asset classes and its performance is not necessarily associated with what is happening in other asset classes. This is shown in the table below: Australian Equity Global Equity Australian Fixed Income Global Fixed Income Commodities Correlation -0.29 -0.12 0.37 0.06 0.31 Source: Bloomberg data as at 31 December 2019. Correlations are calculated monthly over 20 years in Australian dollars. Australian equity is represented by the S&P/ASX200 Total Return Index. Global equity is represented by the MSCI World Total Return Index. Australian fixed income is represented by the Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+ Yr Index. Global fixed income is represented by the Bloomberg Global Aggregate Total Return Index. Commodities are represented by the Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index 2) Gold has the ability to offer positive performance in a range of market conditions, including periods of volatility. For example, if you consider the Global Financial Crisis, gold prices rose 26% while the S&P 500 fell 56%. Even in the current COVID-19 situation, between 19 February and 26 March 2020, gold gained 12.4% compared to the S&P 500 which fell 14.1% and the S&P/ASX 200 which fell 27.8% (all in AUD terms). You can see the performance of gold against other major asset classes in the chart below. Source: Bloomberg, ETF Securities, as at 26 March 2020 This ability to perform in a range of markets comes down to gold’s position as a consumer-driven and investment-driven asset. From a consumption perspective, while around 50% of its use is in jewellery, gold is also heavily used for other purposes such as electronics or even part of medical and diagnostics equipment [1,2] COVID-19: gold price falls and rises Given the facts around gold as a safe-haven asset, investors may therefore wonder what happened when gold prices fell across the week starting 16 March 2020 and how gold has performed across the COVID-19 situation to date. On the whole, gold has seen increased interest and flows during the COVID-19 situation, but markets did see price falls across the week commencing 16th March 2020. It is worth understanding why this happened, as it was less related to any concerns about gold and more related to other activities. Gold can be vulnerable to financial deleveraging – that is, investors needing to free up cash for a variety of reasons. Equity markets were hit simultaneously by the COVID-19 situation and a price meltdown in oil markets. This affected investors with leveraged positions who would have needed to sell other assets to free up cash to pay their liabilities. What this looks like is as follows. An investor using their own money and borrowed money to purchase investments is required to maintain the investment account at a certain value – this is a leveraged position (also called a margin loan account). If the total account falls below that value – generally because the investment itself has fallen in value, then the investor will need to ‘top up’ the account with their own cash to restore the account to its minimum value (this is a margin call). As markets fell across the week of 16 March 2020, many investors would have needed to top up their accounts and will have sold other liquid and performing assets, such as gold, to do so. This has occurred in the past too. During the Global Financial Crisis, gold was briefly sold in October 2008 to meet investors’ cash needs for liabilities from the equity market sell off but then recovered and returned 45% in US dollar terms from its October 2008 low into March 2009, compared to the S&P500 which fell 30% in the same period. Since then, gold has recovered, reaching seven-year highs on 25 March 2020 of A$2746.32 per ounce. Source: Bloomberg, ETF Securities The outlook for gold There are a few factors to suggest gold may continue to hold value across the current crisis. Market volatility from COVID-19 While China has begun to reopen after its COVID-19 lockdown, other countries are either in the midst of it or commencing stages of lockdown. From that perspective, investor concerns and volatility may continue for some time yet. The panic has been swift but recovery could take some time. Some sectors, like technology, are in theory well positioned for both crisis and recovery but investor confidence is a different matter. Other sectors, like retail and travel, will struggle during this period and may find ramping up post the crisis takes some time. From this perspective, many investors may continue to look for defensive assets like gold. They won’t be alone. Even central banks may bulk up their stores of gold across this period. The low interest rate environment and prospect of quantitative easing Gold traditionally performs well in periods of low interest rates, with investors using it rather than cash. Interest rates have been low for some time but have dropped further in the current situation. Australian rates have reached lows of 0.25% while the US has dropped to a range of 0-0.25%. Many countries, including Australia have announced fresh rounds of quantitative easing too. Temporary shortage At the same time as increasing numbers of retail investors seek to purchase physical gold bullion, supply chains have been disrupted by COVID-19 [3]. Refineries in Europe, particularly in Italy, have been unable to keep up with demand forcing traders to move into wholesale markets. While refineries in normal circumstances would be able to manage the surge in interest, lockdowns over COVID-19 may continue to place pressure on supply, in turn pushing prices higher. Accessing gold using an ETF The traditional forms of access to gold were either through physical holdings or an indirect exposure by owning shares in gold mining companies. Both had their challenges – physical holdings namely through prohibitive costs and indirect exposure by opening to assorted company risks. Generally speaking, physical holdings offer a more pure exposure. The first gold-backed ETF was launched in 2003 by ETF Securities, it still trades today as ETFS Physical Gold (ASX:GOLD) and held $1.65 billion in assets as at 27 March 2020. Gold-backed ETFs are literally as described, where physical gold is purchased and stored by a fund manager as part of a trust and investors buy units in the trust for exposure to the market movements of gold. Using an ETF for gold exposure has several features and advantages over the physical holdings. Cost tends to be a foremost consideration. Investors in physical gold may need to consider aspects like freight, storage and insurance, as well as the volumes available through their broker of choice. For example, some brokers may sell by the ounce which may be cost-prohibitive for some retail investors. Units in gold-backed ETFs tend to have management fees that are often cheaper than the costs for individuals to store and insure their own gold The liquidity and ease of use of gold-backed ETFs compared to physical gold is another consideration. Investors holding ETFs may be more easily able to adjust their holdings to reflect activity in the market, buying or selling small quantities when needed compared to those holding physical holdings which may have higher minimum trading quantities and take longer to transact. This can be a challenge for some investors depending on their size and horizon of their investment. ETFs are also typically easier to use compared to physical gold holdings, requiring as little as a trading account to get started and can be done anywhere. It can be less intimidating for many investors who may not be aware of even where to start for physical purchasing and trading. Understanding the risks As an investment tool, ETFs are subject to a range of general investment risks, such as market risk or counterparty risk. Market risk relates to loss of value due to movements in price. Changes in the price of gold relative to an investors purchase price create gains or losses. Counterparty risk is the risk that the other party to your investment defaults or mismanages your assets. For example, the risk that the custodian holding the physical gold (whether for an ETF or individual investor) has not securely stored the gold and it is stolen or lost. Custodians of assets in managed funds, like ETFs, typically use major international vaults to store the physical assets which offer highly sophisticated security arrangements compared to personal safes or small storage companies. Another example of counterparty risk might occur at the time of investment purchase if the trading tool or company doesn’t actually use your funds to buy the selected investment or asset. Using established and credible companies to purchase investments can be an important way of managing this risk. There can also be variation in the way that gold-backed ETFs are managed, so investors should research their options. One crucial difference to watch for is whether the ETF uses allocated or unallocated gold. Allocated gold means you own the physical gold based on your unit holding. In the event of a default by the custodian, your holding is unaffected. ASX: GOLD uses allocated gold and you can redeem your units for the physical gold. Unallocated gold means your cash investment is ‘backed’ by the physical gold holdings of the issuer still providing you with exposure, but these holdings remain the property of the issuer. This form of gold-backed fund has additional credit risk for investors. Should a default occur, you don’t have ownership over the physical gold so your claim is considered and paid alongside all other parties of the issuer who might also have a claim. Unallocated gold is used in many gold-backed ETFs so it is worth investigating the structure and management before you decide to invest. Both physical holdings and ETFs can also be subject to liquidity risk. Liquidity risk is the risk that the physical holding can’t be sold quickly or at a fair price in the market. Investors will need to weigh up all these risks before deciding to buy physical gold or a gold-backed ETF. Why aren’t you investing in gold? While events like COVID-19 and the Global Financial Crisis provide a clear demonstration of gold’s defensive qualities, investors should consider their longer-term strategy. Offering diversification, growth and stability over time, gold can be a suitable inclusion for many investors. In turn, gold-backed ETFs can offer liquid, cost-effective and easy to access exposure all using your existing trading platforms.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 3 April 2020

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Apr 07, 2020

This week's highlights Domestic equities rallied strongly last week as early signs of declining infection rates emerged. Resource sector funds (MVR, OZR and QRE) were all amongst the top performing ETFs for the week. Global energy companies (FUEL) also rallied as oil regained some ground. On the negative side, global banks (BNKS) and real estate funds (REIT and DJRE) were amongst the poorest performers, along with Japanese equities (HJPN and UBJ). Gold and silver pushed higher, while platinum and palladium declined. Oil rebounded on hopes of supply cuts, with OOO topping the weekly performance charts, up 31.9%. The Australian dollar ended the week dipping back below US60c. YANK was amongst the week’s top performers. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $539m, while outflows totalled $292m. Domestic equity fund STW saw the biggest inflows, while bearish funds BBOZ, BBUS and BEAR and gold (GOLD) also saw strong interest from investors expecting further downside. High yield fixed income fund IHHY saw the week’s biggest outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the fourth week running, followed by broad-based funds VAS and STW. Hedged global equity fund VGAD saw above average trading. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) has returned 16.9% since its mid-March low. At that time the widely followed gold/silver ratio reached all-time highs above 120, meaning that gold was briefly more than 120x more expensive than silver per ounce.

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Four ways to manage market volatility

Apr 02, 2020

From the current COVID-19 situation to the future, markets will always face periods of uncertainty and volatility. A measured approach to investment management can assist with supporting your investment portfolio in these periods. In this paper, we discuss four common approaches. Download now Market volatility refers to the magnitude of upward and downward movements in asset prices over a period of time. A company whose stock price moves up and down by 1% daily is considered less volatile than one with 5% daily moves. Investors tend to think of volatility in terms of downward market movements, as we are currently seeing, but it can equally relate to the pace of rising markets. Approaches to managing volatility 1. Diversification Different assets, regions and sectors may react differently to market events and perform better in certain market conditions. For example, travel and tourism are struggling in the current situation while supermarkets are thriving. For this reason, spreading your money across a range of investments can help balance your exposure to volatility experienced in different areas. 2. Incorporating more stable, less cyclical investments Some investments may not offer high growth but tend to be consistent across a range of markets. For example, essential services infrastructure is needed regardless of market conditions so can continue to offer stable performance in times of volatility. 3. Alternative investments Some investors seek out investments which specifically perform differently to share and bond markets. The aim of this strategy is to help neutralise any negative outcomes experienced in share and bond investments. One asset used in this way is gold which typically has a low or negative correlation with other asset classes. 4. Strategic tilts For certain investors, incorporating short-term investments during market volatility might be part of their strategy. This might mean temporarily adding defensive investments to help protect their portfolio or it might mean seeking out high growth (riskier) investments if they believe there may be opportunities from an eventual market recovery. ETFs can be an effective tool for investors in periods of market volatility. They can assist by offering broad exposure and instant diversification in a liquid and cost-effective manner. The wide range of specialised ETFs available on today’s stock exchanges also offer investors choice and flexibility in how to adapt to changing market conditions. Beyond these measures, it’s worthwhile stepping back to consider the what, why and how of your investments rather than simply following the crowds. It can also help to speak to a financial professional about your strategy and options. For more information on the solutions ETF Securities offers, please contact us on: Sales Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: sales@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: primarymarkets@etfsecurities.com.au

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