Exchange Traded Fridays - Issue 3 - 6th August 2021

Welcome to Issue 3 of Exchange Traded Fridays.

Another week of Olympics action and Australia currently sits 4th on the tally of gold medals behind China, USA and host Japan and equal our best haul of gold medals since Athens in 2004. The mens and womens Australian basketball teams put up valiant efforts but we went down to 2 powerful USA teams. The mens team is still up for a bronze medal so we'll watch that one this weekend. Come on Aussie!

Back to local markets and this week the biggest piece of news was the Afterpay (ASX:APT) buyout by US payments company Square (NYSE:SQ) for $39 billion. A coup for both the owners of that company plus investors. There are a few ETFs that have exposure to APT and other buy now pay later stocks so it's worth a look into.

Globally, it was all about ETF flows as we saw articles highlighting more money going into ETFs than ever before and more of that money going to active managers than ever before. We also get a view on some new thematic trends for ETFs.

Also we had a podcast-inception moment with Monday seeing us have an appearance on the TEP Investment podcast talking about data, technology and of course, ETFs. Check that out in the podcast section below.

Lots of ETF related videos out this week too from the team at ausbiz and more.

Bumper issues so hope you're strapped in!