What are the top stocks and ETFs of 2020?
With COVID-19 triggering a global slowdown, stock markets have never been more volatile – and it seems investors have never more active.
Since the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index hit an all-time high on 20 February, the market has fallen by as much as 34% in a matter of weeks, dropping to 2011 levels and wiping billions of dollars from stocks and superannuation accounts.
At the same time, record numbers of Australians are investing in the share market. Between February and April, more than 4,000 new investors signed up to trading accounts a day and made 1 trade a day on average during that time, according to ASIC.
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With analysts divided on whether the stock market is going to rise or fall again (dubbed a "dead cat bounce" scenario), we thought it was worth checking out the companies everybody is trading during all this volatility.
Below is a list of the most bought and sold stocks and ETFs last month in order of the most traded, according to data from portfolio tracker Sharesight.
It's interesting to note that many of the most bought stocks of the last couple of months were also among the most sold, indicating that investors are torn on which stocks are a good "buy" and which are a good "sell".
This page will be updated monthly. These are not recommendations.
The most bought stocks and ETFs in April (2020)
1. Vanguard Australian Shares ETF (ASX: VAS)
2. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)
3. Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG)
4. Westpac (ASX: WPC)
6. Webjet (ASX: WEB)
8. National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB)
9. Woodside Petroleum (ASX: WPL)
10. ANZ Banking Group (ASX:ANZ)
The most sold shares and ETFs in April (2020)
1. BetaShares Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund (ASX: BEAR)
2. Afterpay Limited (ASX: APT)
3. BetaShares US Equities Strong Bear Hedge Fund (ASX: BBUS)
4. Mesoblast Limited (ASX: MSB)
5. National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB)
6. Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)
7. Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC)
8. CSL Limited (ASX: CSL)
9. Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG)
10. BHP Group Limited (ASX: BHP)
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