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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 31 July 2020

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Aug 04, 2020

This week's highlights Technology stocks led markets higher last week on strong earnings announcements. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 9.7%. CNEW, HACK, ASIA and NDQ were all amongst the top performers. The domestic market ended the week lower, with BBOZ also amongst the top performers. The week’s underperformers were mixed and included Japan funds (HJPN and IJP), battery tech and lithium fund ACDC, infrastructure (CORE) and biotechnology (CURE). Precious metals were mixed with gold and silver pushing higher and platinum and palladium declining. Silver continued its recent outperformance. ETPMAG was the top performing unleveraged fund for the week, returning 6.0% and has now returned in excess of 30% year-to-date. Gold moved to new all-time highs, ending the week above $US1,975/oz. Palladium fund ETPMPD fell 6.4% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $359m, while outflows totalled $86m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD and NDQ. Silver fund ETPMAG saw significantly above average inflows in-line with its recent performance. Broad domestic equity funds IOZ and STW saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was again the most traded fund for the week. GOLD saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) provides geared exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index and is AUD currency hedged. LNAS maintains exposure to the Index within a target range of 2x to 2.75x and is actively managed. LNAS returned 9.7% for the week in comparison to the Nasdaq-100 Total Return Index, which returned 4.05% in US dollar terms.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 24 July 2020

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Jul 28, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with high beta plays retreating from recent gains amid virus resurgences. Technology-related funds (LNAS, NDQ, and FANG) and healthcare funds (CURE and IXJ) underperformed, as did China funds (CNEW, CETF and IZZ). Gold mining ETFs (MNRS and GDX) were the top equity performers for the week. Precious metals funds were the top performers across the board last week as gold neared its all-time highs, peaking above US$1,900/oz. Silver fund ETPMAG returned 15.4%, while platinum fund ETPMPT also posted a double digit weekly return. GOLD added 3.5%. US dollar weakness saw long AUD fund AUDS also amongst the top performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $320m, while outflows totalled $68m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ and GOLD. Broad equity funds STW and IVV saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Nasdaq 100 fund NDQ saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) provides exposure to all four precious metals. Current allocations are 48% gold, 28% palladium, 18% silver and 6% platinum.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 17 July 2020

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Jul 21, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with technology stocks taking a breather and other sectors coming to the fore. Agriculture fund FOOD was the week’s top performing ETF, while healthcare funds (DRUG and IXJ) and resources sector funds (OZR and QRE) also performed strongly. China funds (IZZ, CETF and CNEW) and technology-related funds (FANG, ASIA and HACK) were all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Palladium was the week’s best performing precious metal, with ETPMPD returning 3.7%, while gold consolidated recent gains. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $251m, while outflows totalled $65m. Sustainability funds (FAIR and ETHI), GOLD and bearish equity funds (BBOZ and BBUS) saw the biggest inflows for the week. Domestic equity fund STW saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS. VGS saw above average volumes. ETF Securities new Nasdaq 100 funds commenced trading last week; ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 4.6% for the week, while ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) returned -4.5% as the Nasdaq-100 dropped by 1.8% in US dollar terms.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 10 July 2020

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Jul 14, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week. Technology stocks and gold miners outperformed, while the Chinese market headed strongly higher. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 11.6%. China funds (CNEW, CETF and IZZ) and gold mining funds (MNRS and GDX) were all amongst the top performers. Domestic property funds (MVA, SLF and VAP) were the week’s poorest performers, followed by global energy (FUEL) and domestic bank funds (MVB and QFN). Precious metals advanced, with gold breaching the US$1,800/oz mark during the week. Silver was the top performing metal with ETPMAG returning 3.8%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $242m, while outflows totalled $263m. Sustainability fund ETHI saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD. Domestic equity funds (IOZ and STW) and cash fund BILL saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by STW. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ saw above average volumes. ETF Securities launched two new funds this week offering leveraged and short exposure to the Nasdaq-100; ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) and ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 3 July 2020

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Jul 07, 2020

This week's highlights Risk-on sentiment returned to equity markets last week. Chinese funds (CETF and CNEW) benefited from optimism of a strong economic recovery in China. Elsewhere, big name domestic and global technology companies (ATEC and FANG) led markets higher, while domestic mid-caps (MVE) also performed strongly. Bearish funds (BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR), Japanese stocks (IJP) and global infrastructure (CORE) were amongst the poorest performing funds for the week. Precious metals were relatively steady, with gold ending the week at US$1,776/oz. Foreign currency funds (YANK, ZUSD, USD and EEU) all declined on the back of a strong AUD rally. Oil fund OOO was amongst the week’s top performers as crude climbed back above US$40/bbl. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $269m, while outflows totalled just $17m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the second week running, followed by BBOZ, A200 and GOLD. Domestic financials (QFN) and property (SLF) sector funds saw the week’s biggest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS. Healthcare fund IXJ saw above average volumes. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) returned 6.1% for the week. The fund tracks the NYSE FANG+ Index, which includes ten of the world’s leading technology and technology-driven companies; Alibaba, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Netflix, NVIDIA, Tesla and Twitter.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 26 June 2020

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Jun 30, 2020

This week's highlights Volatility returned to equity markets last week with most markets ending the week in the red. Gold miners benefited from record gold prices, with GDX and MNRS being the top performing ETFs for the week. Bearish US (BBUS) and Australian (BBOZ) funds also performed well. Asian equities had a stronger week, with India ETFs (IIND and NDIA) performing strongly, alongside ASIA and IAA. Global energy (FUEL), US and global high yield equities (ZYUS and INCM) and global banks (BNKS) were all amongst the poorest performers. Silver (ETPMAG) was the top performing commodity fund for the week, following by hedge gold (QAU). Gold continued its advance ending the week at US$1,771/oz, its highest since 2012. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $331m, while outflows totalled just $40m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by currency hedged global equities (IHML) and GOLD. Oil fund OOO saw the largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Healthcare fund IXJ saw above average volumes. ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA), which tracks the 50 largest companies listed on India’s NSE, returned 2.3% for the week. The fund is up over 15% since bottoming in late March amid COVID-19 lockdowns.

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