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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 20 November 2020

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Nov 24, 2020

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. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) offers investors exposure to global companies developing electro-chemical storage technology and mining companies producing battery-grade lithium. ACDC has returned 48.4% year-to-date and 51.1% over the past 12-months, significantly outperforming broader equity markets on the back of growing investment in the renewable energy segment.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 13 November 2020

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Nov 17, 2020

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. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) offers investors exposure to a selection of 50 stocks from the S&P 500 chosen on the basis of dividend yield and volatility. ZYUS’s portfolio has a weighted average dividend yield of 5.2% compared to 1.7% for the S&P 500 and is weighted towards defensive sectors such as utilities and real estate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 6 November 2020

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Nov 10, 2020

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

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 30 October 2020

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Nov 03, 2020

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

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Valuing gold in a portfolio

Nov 03, 2020

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

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The value of gold in your portfolio

Nov 03, 2020

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

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How to use thematic investing in your portfolio

Nov 02, 2020

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

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Thematic investing for your clients’ portfolios

Nov 02, 2020

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

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 23 October 2020

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Oct 27, 2020

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. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) offers investors exposure to fully-allocated physical platinum and provides exposure to the supply and demand dynamics for the metal in areas such as the automotive, technology and medical industries.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 16 October 2020

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Oct 20, 2020

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. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) offers investors exposure to a concentrated portfolio of the world’s top innovation leaders across today’s technology and tech-enabled companies. FANG holds a portfolio of ten stock including Apple, Amazon, Google and Netflix. The fund returned 3.1% last week and is up 56.9% since its launch on 27th February 2020.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 9 October 2020

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Oct 13, 2020

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. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) offers investors broad exposure to the US biotechnology industry. CURE currently holds 140 stocks and is equally weighted at each quarterly rebalance. CURE returned 8.2% last week and is up 22.0% year-to-date.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 2 October 2020

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Oct 07, 2020

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. ETFS Physical Platinum (EPTMPT) offers investors exposure to physical platinum bullion vaulted with JP Morgan in London. ETPMPT returned 3.8% for the week, though it remains the only precious metal to be trading lower year-to-date.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 25 September 2020

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Sep 29, 2020

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.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 18 September 2020

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Sep 22, 2020

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. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) offers investors leveraged inverse exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index. SNAS gains its exposure to the market via a portfolio of Nasdaq-100 futures contracts and is actively managed to maintain a market exposure of between -200% and -275%. SNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 11 September 2020

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Sep 15, 2020

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. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX) offers investors broad exposure to 50 of the largest companies from the eurozone, including well-known global brands such as SAP, LVMH, Siemens and L’Oreal.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 4 September 2020

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Sep 08, 2020

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. ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket (ETPMPM) offers investors physical exposure to four precious metals; Gold, Silver, Palladium and Platinum. These metals are used in a variety of industrial processes and are also long term safe haven assets. ETPMPM returned 21.4% for the year to 04 Sep 2020.

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Webinar recording: Green is the new black

Sep 07, 2020

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. To watch the recording, please click here.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 28 August 2020

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Sep 01, 2020

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.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 21 August 2020

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Aug 25, 2020

This week's highlights Technology stocks led equity markets higher last week. LNAS, FANG and ATEC were the week’s top performing ETFs, with NDQ, HNDQ and ASIA also amongst the top performers. Small caps also outperformed, with SMLL, KSM and MVS all performing strongly. Bearish U.S. equities (SNAS and BBUS), energy companies (FUEL), banks (BNKS) and resources companies (OZR) were all amongst the week’s poorest performing funds. Precious metals were mixed with palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) rising and gold (GOLD) and platinum (ETPMPT) declining. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $310m, while outflows totalled $31m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD and MVW. Domestic equity fund QOZ and long US dollar fund USD saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and VAS. ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA) offers investors broad exposure to 50 of the largest companies in India. NDIA returned 2.0% for the week and has returned 22.8% since bottoming in late-March at the height of the COVID-19 sell-off.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 14 August 2020

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Aug 18, 2020

This week's highlights Japanese equities rallied last week and were among some of the best performers. BetaShares Japan ETF (Hedged) (HJPN) was up 4.8% for the week and ETFS Global Core Infrastructure ETF (CORE) up 4.5%. Australian based bank and property ETFs also had a strong week – QFN, VAP and SLF all up over the week. The poorest performers over the week were commodity ETFs and Gold Miner ETFs, which dipped after Gold recently hit an all-time high. GDX and ETPMAG were the worst performers for the week, down -5.9% and -5.7% respectively. Net inflows for the week were A$288m which comprised of inflows of A$357m and outflows of A$69m. The inflows were mostly seen across ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD), Cash and Fixed Income products. Outflows were most notable in iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ). The most-traded fund of the week was BBOZ followed by IOZ and GOLD. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) offers investors a simple, cost-efficient, and secure way to access silver by providing a return equivalent to the movements in the silver spot price. ETPMAG has returned 53.3% year-to-date and 57.8% over the past 12-months.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 7 August 2020

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Aug 11, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets moved higher across the board last week. Energy and resources sectors outperformed, with ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) returning 8.0% for the week. Resources funds OZR and QRE were the top performing domestic equity funds. Korea (IKO) and US small caps (IJR) also outperformed. Bearish funds BBUS, SNAS, BBOZ and BEAR were the week’s poorest performers, along with financial sector funds MVB, QFN and OZF. Precious metals accelerated upwards last week with gold breaching the US$2,000 mark for the first time. Other metals outperformed; ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) returned 17.6% for the week, while ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) returned 8.1%. Diversified precious metals fund ETPMPM was also amongst the week’s top performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $443m, while outflows totalled $168m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by MVW and QUAL. Domestic equity fund A200 and long US dollar fund USD saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and GOLD. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) offers investors exposure to global companies developing electro-chemical storage technology and mining companies producing battery-grade lithium. ACDC has returned 18.1% year-to-date and 32.6% over the past 12-months, significantly outperforming broader equity markets.

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ETFs versus LICs – which is best for my portfolio?

Aug 06, 2020

Finder.com investments editor Kylie Purcell explains the differences between ETFs and LICs. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and listed investment companies (LICs) are both popular investment options within Australia. Although they share a number of similarities, there are also important differences to consider as an investor. We’ll look at some of the main differences between the pair to help you decide which is best for your portfolio. What is an ETF? An ETF is a type of investment fund that trades on a stock exchange – similarly to regular shares. ETFs invest in a basket of assets, such as stocks, commodities and bonds. ETFs will often track a particular market index such as the S&P/ASX 200. Rather than trying to outperform this index, these “passive” ETFs aim to closely mimic the index performance. This means your returns will rise and fall in line with the tracked index. What is a LIC? A LIC is a publicly listed company (hence the name, listed investment company) that operates like a managed fund. Like an ETF, LICs may invest in a variety of assets, including stocks, property and bonds. The main similarity is that both ETFs and LICs allow you to invest in a diversified portfolio. This may include a single asset class, such as stocks or bonds, or it could hold multiple assets. You also invest in a LIC in much the same way as an ETF – over a stock exchange. Unlike ETFs, LICs issue a fixed number of shares that investors can buy or sell on the stock market (usually the ASX). This means that the price of a LIC is partly determined by demand from investors and may not always be liquid. In some scenarios, an investor might be forced to sell their LIC shares at an undesirable price if there aren’t enough buyers in the market. On the other hand, ETFs are known as ‘open-ended’ investments, meaning the number of ETF units in circulation is not fixed. Instead, units can be issued and removed based on demand. This means that supply and demand have less of an impact on ETF prices than the underlying portfolio itself. What are the main differences between the ETFs and LICs? Structure A LIC is structured as a company, so if you decide to invest in a LIC, you’ll own shares in the LIC itself, rather than the underlying assets. An ETF, on the other hand, is a unit trust, which means you’ll receive units in the fund if you decide to invest. Strategy ETFs typically offer exposure to an entire market, region or market sector such as global health or technology stocks. They have the potential to track hundreds or even thousands of stocks. Although not always the case, most ETFs are passive investment products, meaning they either track an index or use filters to decide which stocks are included in the fund. LICs, on the other hand, actively select each individual asset to invest in. The LIC will have an investment team responsible for choosing and managing the company’s investments. Tax obligations Because an ETF is a unit trust, all tax obligations are passed on to investors. Any dividends and franking credits are passed directly to unitholders. With a LIC, all dividends are paid to the company and it’s at the discretion of management whether to pass on that income or reinvest the money back into the fund. If the LIC receives unfranked dividends from the underlying investments, it will typically pay tax on those dividends at the company tax rate and deliver franked dividends to shareholders. Cost ETFs are relatively cheap because they aim to track an index rather than outperform it. LICs tend to cost more because they have investment managers deciding which assets to invest in. If the manager outperforms the benchmark, this may result in additional fees. Both ETFs and LICs are an affordable way to invest in a wide asset pool. Management fees are generally lower than traditional managed funds (although these can differ depending on whether the fund is passively or actively managed). Both investment options offer high liquidity and provide access to a diverse range of assets in a single trade. Purchasing ETFs or LICs – or both – can be advantageous, but it’s important to understand how your money will be invested beforehand. One of the biggest factors for most investors is how aligned prices are with the underlying assets, i.e. the net asset value (NAV). Because ETFs have an open-ended structure, the price of the ETF will trade very closely to the NAV. So if the value of the stocks held by the ETF rise, the price of the ETF will rise with it. This is not always the case with LICs. They may trade at a premium (above) or discount (below) NAV, depending on how many buyers and sellers are trading LIC shares. So if stocks held by the LIC go up, but investors still aren’t willing to buy, its share price may not rise. More information about Finder. For information about ETF Securities range of products, please contact us or visit our product pages. Client Services Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: primarymarkets@etfsecurities.com.au

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5G investments for your clients

Aug 05, 2020

The story of 5G is more than just an added boost to your phone and home wifi, it could transform the way we live and do business. From this perspective, it may form part of your clients’ growth investments now and into the future. What is 5G? Fifth generation wireless (5G) is a technology infrastructure system allowing communications and data access on-the-go, much in the same way that previous generations including the currently used 4G offered. While 5G was coming anyway, the COVID pandemic may see some companies accelerate their plans to access 5G-enabled technology, particularly automation, both as a safeguard against future lockdowns or simply to allow them to continue basic operations in the current environment1. Verizon estimates that “by 2035, 5G will enable $12.3 trillion of global economic output and support 22 million jobs worldwide”2. How to incorporate 5G exposure into your clients’ portfolios? In a typical investment portfolio, clients are highly likely to have some exposure to 5G already, in the form of telecommunications companies or companies which manufacture phones and other IT systems. However, it may be valuable to consider the broader 5G supply chain for a more diversified exposure. It extends from underlying technology suppliers and producers, such as companies like Qualcomm or National Instruments creating specialised chips and semi-conductors used in devices to create access to 5G, to companies creating technology and software for industrial automation, robotics and artificial intelligence which will advance substantially from the use of 5G, like Ocado or Daifuku. Much of the supply chain is dominated by robotics, automation and AI companies which is where an ETF like ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO) can assist with exposure to the 5G transformation. For more information on investing in 5G and ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX: ROBO), please contact us. Client Services Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: sales@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: capitalmarkets@etfsecurities.com.au [1] https://insights.roboglobal.com/as-the-covid-19-storm-rages-on-3-waves-of-growth-are-on-the-horizon [2] https://www.verizon.com/about/our-company/5G/how-5g-can-power-industrial-internet-things

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How to invest in 5G

Aug 05, 2020

5G is anticipated to transform the world, bringing new efficiencies and opportunities to how we live and work. For investors interested in incorporating this growth theme within their portfolios, the options are broader than simply telecommunications companies. What is 5G? Fifth generation wireless (5G) is a technology infrastructure system allowing communications and data access on-the-go, much in the same way that previous generations including the currently used 4G offered. It is anticipated to transform the ‘internet of things’ and become the force for the fourth industrial revolution. The fourth industrial revolution refers to how cyber physical systems are expected to drive the next era of industrial reform and change, bringing new efficiencies and opportunities to how we live and work1. Wireless networks are integrated into our lives and 5G sees that dependency increase further in the immediate future. It is already here in its early stages. While 5G was coming anyway, the COVID pandemic may see some companies accelerate their plans to access 5G-enabled technology, particularly automation, both as a safeguard against future lockdowns or simply to allow them to continue basic operations in the current environment2. How to invest in 5G There are a range of options to consider for investors keen to incorporate 5G within their investments. Three options are listed below. Broad investments across sectors given all companies will need to use 5G in some form at some stage, be it to conduct business operations or as part of their services. Sector investments such as via telecommunications companies which will be building the infrastructure to support 5G. Thematic investments covering the 5G supply chain. The supply chain extends from underlying technology suppliers and producers to companies creating technology and software for automation, robotics and artificial intelligence which will advance substantially from the use of 5G. Interested in accessing 5G exposure by using robotics, automation and artificial intelligence? Find out more about ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO) or contact us. Client Services Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: sales@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: primarymarkets@etfsecurities.com.au [1] https://www.hitechnectar.com/blogs/fourth-industrial-revolution-5g-future/ {2} https://insights.roboglobal.com/as-the-covid-19-storm-rages-on-3-waves-of-growth-are-on-the-horizon

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 31 July 2020

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Aug 04, 2020

This week's highlights Technology stocks led markets higher last week on strong earnings announcements. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 9.7%. CNEW, HACK, ASIA and NDQ were all amongst the top performers. The domestic market ended the week lower, with BBOZ also amongst the top performers. The week’s underperformers were mixed and included Japan funds (HJPN and IJP), battery tech and lithium fund ACDC, infrastructure (CORE) and biotechnology (CURE). Precious metals were mixed with gold and silver pushing higher and platinum and palladium declining. Silver continued its recent outperformance. ETPMAG was the top performing unleveraged fund for the week, returning 6.0% and has now returned in excess of 30% year-to-date. Gold moved to new all-time highs, ending the week above $US1,975/oz. Palladium fund ETPMPD fell 6.4% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $359m, while outflows totalled $86m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD and NDQ. Silver fund ETPMAG saw significantly above average inflows in-line with its recent performance. Broad domestic equity funds IOZ and STW saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was again the most traded fund for the week. GOLD saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) provides geared exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index and is AUD currency hedged. LNAS maintains exposure to the Index within a target range of 2x to 2.75x and is actively managed. LNAS returned 9.7% for the week in comparison to the Nasdaq-100 Total Return Index, which returned 4.05% in US dollar terms.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 24 July 2020

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Jul 28, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with high beta plays retreating from recent gains amid virus resurgences. Technology-related funds (LNAS, NDQ, and FANG) and healthcare funds (CURE and IXJ) underperformed, as did China funds (CNEW, CETF and IZZ). Gold mining ETFs (MNRS and GDX) were the top equity performers for the week. Precious metals funds were the top performers across the board last week as gold neared its all-time highs, peaking above US$1,900/oz. Silver fund ETPMAG returned 15.4%, while platinum fund ETPMPT also posted a double digit weekly return. GOLD added 3.5%. US dollar weakness saw long AUD fund AUDS also amongst the top performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $320m, while outflows totalled $68m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ and GOLD. Broad equity funds STW and IVV saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Nasdaq 100 fund NDQ saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) provides exposure to all four precious metals. Current allocations are 48% gold, 28% palladium, 18% silver and 6% platinum.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 17 July 2020

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Jul 21, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with technology stocks taking a breather and other sectors coming to the fore. Agriculture fund FOOD was the week’s top performing ETF, while healthcare funds (DRUG and IXJ) and resources sector funds (OZR and QRE) also performed strongly. China funds (IZZ, CETF and CNEW) and technology-related funds (FANG, ASIA and HACK) were all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Palladium was the week’s best performing precious metal, with ETPMPD returning 3.7%, while gold consolidated recent gains. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $251m, while outflows totalled $65m. Sustainability funds (FAIR and ETHI), GOLD and bearish equity funds (BBOZ and BBUS) saw the biggest inflows for the week. Domestic equity fund STW saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS. VGS saw above average volumes. ETF Securities new Nasdaq 100 funds commenced trading last week; ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 4.6% for the week, while ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) returned -4.5% as the Nasdaq-100 dropped by 1.8% in US dollar terms.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 10 July 2020

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Jul 14, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week. Technology stocks and gold miners outperformed, while the Chinese market headed strongly higher. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 11.6%. China funds (CNEW, CETF and IZZ) and gold mining funds (MNRS and GDX) were all amongst the top performers. Domestic property funds (MVA, SLF and VAP) were the week’s poorest performers, followed by global energy (FUEL) and domestic bank funds (MVB and QFN). Precious metals advanced, with gold breaching the US$1,800/oz mark during the week. Silver was the top performing metal with ETPMAG returning 3.8%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $242m, while outflows totalled $263m. Sustainability fund ETHI saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD. Domestic equity funds (IOZ and STW) and cash fund BILL saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by STW. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ saw above average volumes. ETF Securities launched two new funds this week offering leveraged and short exposure to the Nasdaq-100; ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) and ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 3 July 2020

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Jul 07, 2020

This week's highlights Risk-on sentiment returned to equity markets last week. Chinese funds (CETF and CNEW) benefited from optimism of a strong economic recovery in China. Elsewhere, big name domestic and global technology companies (ATEC and FANG) led markets higher, while domestic mid-caps (MVE) also performed strongly. Bearish funds (BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR), Japanese stocks (IJP) and global infrastructure (CORE) were amongst the poorest performing funds for the week. Precious metals were relatively steady, with gold ending the week at US$1,776/oz. Foreign currency funds (YANK, ZUSD, USD and EEU) all declined on the back of a strong AUD rally. Oil fund OOO was amongst the week’s top performers as crude climbed back above US$40/bbl. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $269m, while outflows totalled just $17m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the second week running, followed by BBOZ, A200 and GOLD. Domestic financials (QFN) and property (SLF) sector funds saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS. Healthcare fund IXJ saw above average volumes. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) returned 6.1% for the week. The fund tracks the NYSE FANG+ Index, which includes ten of the world’s leading technology and technology-driven companies; Alibaba, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Netflix, NVIDIA, Tesla and Twitter.

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Investing in the transformation of supply chains for your clients

Jul 06, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may be accelerating the trend towards using robotics, automation and artificial intelligence to enhance supply chains. Our dependence on human labour forces has been highlighted as we face scarcity of some basic grocery essentials during lockdown periods. ROBO Global, the index provider of ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO), discusses how robotics, automation and AI are transforming supply chains in a new paper. Read the article Many of the world’s largest companies are already focused on accessing robotics, automation and AI in their supply chains. Amazon is a well-known global example of this, using KIVA robots in their warehouses, while domestically, Coles is partnering with UK online grocer Ocado to use their software and technology for automation. Investors may be less aware of the companies supporting transformation and the specific areas of the supply chain they are set to disrupt. ROBO Global anticipate five key supply chain areas accelerating: Automated warehouse solutions assisting with inventory access and inspection. Warehouse picking and packing using robots to assist with social distancing as well as efficiency. Online grocers with automated fulfilment, warehouses and contactless delivery. Micro-fulfilment such as curbside pick-up for smaller retailers. Prepared food delivery using ‘ghost kitchens’ to maximise capacity of restaurants. For more information on investing in robotics, automation and AI, click here or contact us. Sales Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: capitalmarkets@etfsecurities.com.au

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How robotics and AI are transforming supply chains

Jul 06, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has shed a light on how fragile supply chains can be, with essentials from toilet paper to milk vanishing from shelves. The solution could be robotics, automation and AI according to a new paper from ROBO Global, the index provider behind ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO). Read the article The current pandemic has demonstrated how heavily existing supply chains rely on a human labour force. While many companies, such as Coles, already had plans to incorporate automation, it is likely that the current situation will accelerate this trend. There are five key areas where robotics, automation and AI are likely to transform supply chains. Automated warehouse solutions High flying robots, such as from Verity, can assist with access and inspection of inventory at warehouses allowing for taller warehouses and increasing safety for the human workforce. Warehouse picking and packing Picking and packing is highly labour intensive. Using robots has been a game-changer for companies like Amazon and Walmart. Online grocers Online orders for groceries substantially increased during COVID-19 lockdowns and the convenience may see the interest continue. Companies like Ocado, with sophisticated warehouse technology and robotics, are selling their technology to other partners like Coles. Micro-fulfilment Think curbside pick-up of orders, but facilitated by automated technology. Prepared food delivery Restaurants have struggled to keep up with food delivery demand during lockdown periods so ‘ghost kitchens’ designed just for food prepared solely for delivery may assist. Restaurants have struggled to keep up with food delivery demand during lockdown periods so ‘ghost kitchens’ designed just for food prepared solely for delivery may assist. For more information on investing in robotics, automation and AI, contact us using the details below. Sales Trading Phone +61 2 8311 3488 Email: infoAU@etfsecurities.com.au Phone +61 2 8311 3483 Email: capitalmarkets@etfsecurities.com.au

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Webinar Recording: Investing in the essential - healthcare & biotechnology

Jul 06, 2020

Recorded on the 2nd July 2020. In this webinar, we discussed: What biotechnology is and how it is different from broad healthcare Why investors should look outside Australia to the US How biotechnology is being used to fight COVID-19 What the future of biotechnology and healthcare look like Volatility and how to allocate to biotechnology in your portfolio To watch the webinar recording, please click here.

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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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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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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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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