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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 2 April 2021

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Apr 07, 2021

This week's highlights Global equity markets marched onwards to fresh highs last week even with a shortened trading week. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the best performing fund for the week up 10.2%, while VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) was up 8.1%. Precious metals were amongst the worst performers, with ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) down 1.9% and ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) down 1.1%. Total inflows for the week totalled A$226m which consisted of A$305m of inflows and A$76m of outflows. The best inflows on a fund basis were seen by BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200) which had A$79.9m of inflows and iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had A$31.5m. The biggest outflows were in SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) A$38.1m and iShares Edge MSCI World Minimum Volatility ETF (WVOL) had A$5.2m of outflows. Turnover for the week remains highest amongst vanilla equity ETFs. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) had A$21.1m of turnover and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) had A$16.4m. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) provides hedged leveraged target exposure to the Nasdaq-100 in the range of 200-275%.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 26 March 2021

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Mar 30, 2021

This week's highlights Defensive stocks came to the fore last week as some big technology names took a hit. Infrastructure fund VBLD was the week’s top performing ETF, up 4.3%, followed by consumer staples fund IXI. Global quality (QUAL), income (INCM) and high yield/low volatility (ZYUS) funds were also amongst the top performers. Biotech fund CURE saw the biggest drop for the week, down 6.7%, while gold miners (MNRS), Asia tech (ASIA) and FAANG stocks (FANG) also declined. Precious metals were mixed, with silver (ETPMAG) amongst the biggest decliners, but other metals advanced. The Aussie dollar dropped below US 77c, with strong dollar fund YANK amongst the top performing ETFs and strong AUD fund AUDS amongst the poorest. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $302m, while outflows totalled $98m. Domestic equity fund A200 and cash fund AAA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity and fixed income funds including XARO, BNKS, SUBD and ILC. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV and cash fund BILL saw the largest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by A200 and IHVV. VAP saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) returned 3.4% for the week. ZYUS invested in a portfolio of 50 U.S. stocks selected on the basis of being strong dividend payers and exhibiting historically lower volatility. As such, ZYUS tends to have a more defensive sector allocation, with overweights to utilities, consumer staples and real estate companies. Year-to-date ZYUS has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 9.8%.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 19 March 2021

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Mar 23, 2021

This week's highlights Global equity markets experienced heightened volatility last week as quadruple witching occurred. Precious metals rallied and were the best performers over the week. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) finished the week up 10.9%, ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) up 4.5% and ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) up 2.8%. The worst performers over the week were energy funds. VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) was down 8% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) was down 6.4%. Total inflows for the week were A$206m which consisted of A$257m of inflows and A$50m of outflows. The best inflows on a fund basis were seen by BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) which had A$30m of inflows and VanEck Vectors MSCI World Ex-Australia Quality ETF (QUAL) had A$23.5m. The biggest outflows were in BetaShares Australian Bank Snr Floating Rate Bond ETF (QPON) A$12.5m and BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) had A$6.7m of outflows. Turnover for the week remains highest amongst vanilla equity ETFs. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) had A$18.7m of turnover and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) had A$16.4m. ETFS physical palladium (ETPMPD) returned 10.9% for the week. ETPMPD is fully-backed by physical holdings of palladium and provides exposure to the supply and demand dynamics for palladium in areas like the automotive industry.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 12 March 2021

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Mar 16, 2021

This week's highlights Small cap US equity fund IJR was the top-performing ETF last week, returning 6.2%, followed by leveraged funds GGUS and LNAS. Biotech (CURE), midcap (IJH), agriculture (FOOD) and Europe (HEUR) funds were all amongst the top performers. China and Asia funds were the poorest performers, with CNEW, ISS, IAA, CETF, and IKO all declining by more than 2%. Precious metals mostly declined, though platinum fund ETPMPT was amongst the week’s top performers. Leveraged US dollar fund YANK was amongst the poorest performers on the back of the rising AUD. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $342m, while outflows totalled $209m. Domestic equity fund IOZ and composite bond fund IAF saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity funds including ETHI, NDW, QUAL and FAIR. Cash fund AAA and silver fund ETPMAG saw the largest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and BBOZ. ASIA saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) returned 4.4% for the week. ETPMPT is fully-back by physical holdings of platinum and provides exposure to the supply and demand drivers of the global platinum market, such as the demand for vehicles that use platinum as an aid for emissions reduction.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 5 March 2021

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Mar 09, 2021

This week's highlights Equity markets saw a week of sector rotation with cyclical stocks outperforming and technology-related companies lagging. Top performing equity ETFs were in the energy (FUEL), and financial (MVB, QFN, OZF and BNKS) sectors. Low volatility (ZYUS) and value (VVLU) factors outperformed. India funds (IIND and NDIA) were also amongst the top performers. Biotech fund CURE was the poorest performing equity fund for the week, with FANG, ROBO, ESPO and HACK also amongst the poorest performers. Precious metals mostly declined. Platinum (ETPMPT), silver (ETPMAG) and gold (QAU and PMGOLD) were amongst the poorest performers. Palladium (ETPMPD) posted a small gain. Oil fund OOO gained 7.5% for the week and was the overall top performing fund. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $369m, while outflows totalled $252m. Domestic equity fund IOZ and Australian government bond fund AGVT saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity funds including A200, IEM, FAIR and IJR. Cash and variable interest funds AAA, QPON and FLOT saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AGVT, which saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) returned 5.5% for the week. ZYUS provides exposure to a selection of 50 names from the S&P 500 based on dividend yield and volatility criteria. ZYUS’s portfolio is typically tilted towards traditional “value” sectors, such as utilities and consumer staples, and may be well positioned to benefit from a prolonged sector rotation in the U.S. market.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 26 February 2021

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Mar 02, 2021

This week's highlights Equity market saw a volatile week with most major benchmarks finishing lower. Short Nasdaq-100 fund SNAS was the top performing fund for the week followed by BBUS. Australian resources funs QRE and OZR were the top performing unleveraged equity funds. LNAS was the biggest decliner for the week, followed by a range of tech-heavy funds including ATEC, ASIA, ESPO and HACK. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) posting positive weeks, while gold declined. Platinum (ETPMPT) was the biggest mover, ending the week 5.5% lower. Oil fund OOO gained 3.6% for the week. Currency funds YANK, EEU and USD were also amongst the top performers in the back of a lower AUD. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $339m, while outflows totalled $147m. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ and domestic property fund MVA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity and fixed income funds. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV saw the biggest outflows or the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IHVV and NDQ, which saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 11.7% for the week. SNAS provides inverse exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index within a target range of -200% and -275% of its net asset value. Furthermore, SNAS is currency hedged to reduce exposure to movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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