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ETFs and Mutual funds
ETFs and Mutual funds
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What ETF inflows revealed about investor tastes in 2013

Inflows into exchange traded products tell an interesting story about investor preferences. BlackRock, which provides the popular iShares family of exchange traded funds, looked at some of the trends in 2013 – and generally they reflected the market with extraordinary accuracy.

For example, funds associated with gold saw outflows every month this year, which is consistent with the steady decline in the price of gold. Gold has fallen 26 per cent in 2013, putting it on track for its worst annual performance in more than three decades.