Take advantage of the dividend recovery story via ETFs

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A feature of the company reporting season that has just ended was the recovery in dividend payout levels, after the cautious approach companies took last year, as well as the additional release of franking credits through special dividends and share buybacks. Total dividends announced totalled $40.9 billion, an increase of 70%, with 60% of reporting

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ETF Securities taps into exciting technology megatrend with launch of ETFS Semiconductor ETF

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Leading provider of exchange traded funds, ETF Securities, has launched Australia’s first ETF that gives investors access to the world’s booming semiconductor industry. ETFS Semiconductor ETF invests in the biggest and most influential semiconductor companies in the world, responsible for bulk of global microchip production. SEMI tracks the Solactive Global Semiconductor 30 Index, which is a

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Four megatrends that investors should watch in a post COVID world

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Investors looking to take advantage of major demographic and technology trends that will transform economies should turn their attention to automation and artificial intelligence, the digital economy in emerging markets, the application of genetics in healthcare and battery technology. Leading exchange traded fund provider ETF Securities has updated its megatrends research paper[1], highlighting four sectors where developments will

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ETF Securities strengthens team with new senior hires

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Leading exchange traded fund provider ETF Securities has made two senior appointments in sales and portfolio management to meet demand from planners and intermediaries and the growing suite of ETF funds. Wilson O’Fee takes over responsibility for servicing stockbrokers and private bankers across Victoria. He joins ETF Securities after several years at Challenger, where he worked in

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Thematic products top ETF fund flows

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Investors’ enthusiasm for megatrends and thematic exposures has returned, with strong flows into ETFs providing exposure to battery technology, robotics and automation so far this year – leading ETF provider ETF Securities reports. According to ETF Securities’ annual fund flow data, investors directed their funds to the safe haven assets of gold and silver as the COVID-19

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Precious metals show their mettle as inflation fears rise

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Precious metals prices have risen by around 10% in the past three months, as investors turn to alternative assets in the face of ongoing concern about a re-emergence of high inflation in the post-COVID economic environment. Alternatives are also being sought as a source of uncorrelated returns to complement low-yielding fixed income and expensive equities.

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Robotics and automation: we’re just getting started

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The investment case for robotics, automation and artificial intelligence is much more diverse than most investors realise and is still in the early stages of what will prove to be a long-term trend, says one of the most experienced researchers in the field, Jeremie Capron, Director of Research at index developer and research company ROBO Global.

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Global tech sector remains a compelling investment theme

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The strong growth of companies in the tech sector remains a popular theme with investors, who continue to build their holdings in tech-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). According to the latest update from ETF Securities.,  the ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF has been one of its top performers, in terms of funds inflows, so far this

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Gold continues to display its versatile qualities

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Gold played a vital role for investors in 2020, providing portfolio insurance during a time of market stress, and now it is displaying its role as an effective diversifier of returns, according to ETF Securities. The gold price picked up strongly in April, rising more than 5% to US$1,775 an ounce, providing evidence that despite the

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Emerging markets underperformance prompts strategists to pick and choose

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Investors are changing the way they approach emerging markets (EM), dumping traditional blanket coverage in favour of picking specific countries. Traditionally, emerging markets investors would buy into a wide range of countries like Brazil, Russia, Turkey and South Africa all at once. They would often do so via emerging markets funds or ETFs. However, the

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