Jan 19, 2021
This week's highlights Markets came off slightly last week from fresh highs. Small caps, low volatility and biotechnology all performed well over the week. iShares Core S&P SmallCap ETF (IJR) was up 2.9%, ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) up 2.6% and ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) up 2.5%. The worst performers over the week were gold miners, with BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (Hedged) (MNRS) was down 5.4%. Net inflows for the week were A$236m. iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had the biggest inflows of A$60.2m, while ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) had A$26.7m. The biggest outflows were seen in BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) totalling A$33.9m. The most-traded ETFs over the week were Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS), BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and BetaShares NASDAQ 100 (NDQ). ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) continues to remain the best 12 month performer up 64.4%.
Jan 12, 2021
This week's highlights: As the electric vehicle revolution gains more momentum, Battery Technology and Miners soared. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) was up 9% and BetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF (Hedged) (FUEL) up 8.8%. Global real estate and Australian Tech had a poor week. SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate Fund (DJRE) was down 2.6% and BetaShares S&P/ASX Australian Technology ETF (ATEC) down 2.3% Australian domiciled products maintained strong inflows of A$268m over the week. Beta domestic equity products and Global Tech saw most of the inflows. iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had A$32.4m of inflows for the week and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Financials ex A-REITS Fund (OZF) A$14.1m of outflows. The start of 2021 has continued a strong rebound in equity markets as investors continue to support emerging megatrends such as Battery Technology and Lithium. ETF Securities’ ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) is up 71% over 12 months. Currently the best performing Australian listed ETF.
Dec 22, 2020
This week's highlights Precious metal silver, gold miners and oil posted strong gains last week as markets remained near all time highs. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was the best performer over the week up 7.3%. BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (Hedged) (MNRS) surged 5.9% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) was also up 5.3%. The Aussie dollar continued to strengthen and broke through US 76 cents. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was one of the worst performers down 2.9%. Australian domiciled products maintained strong inflows of A$206m over the week. Global equity products saw most of the inflows as investors steered away from cash products. VanEck Vectors MSCI World Ex-Australia Quality ETF (QUAL) had A$42m of inflows for the week and BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) had A$55m of outflows. This year has seen large inflows into ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) as investors look for diversification and protection amongst a canvas of uncertainty. ETF Securities offers Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium physically backed products enabling efficient and cost effective exposure. Gold’s more volatile sibling Silver remains the best YTD performers of the precious metals up 31.5%.
Dec 15, 2020
This week's highlights ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the top-performing unleveraged fund last week as COVID-19 vaccine rollouts commenced. Domestic resource sector funds (OZR and QRE) were also amongst the top performers. China-related funds CNEW, CETF and IZZ were the poorest performing equity funds, while UK and European funds F100 and ESTX also saw negative weeks. Precious metals declined last week with gold (GOLD), which dropped 1.4%, being the best performer. Platinum fund ETPMPT dropped 6.1% and was the week’s overall poorest performing ETF. Pound sterling fund POU was also amongst the worst performers as Brexit concerns escalated. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $449m, while outflows totalled $26m. Domestic equity funds STW and IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by currency hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV and a range of other, mostly equity, funds. Short equity funds BBOZ, BEAR and BBUS saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IOZ and STW. IHVV and FAIR saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 3.2%. SNAS uses a portfolio of short Nasdaq-100 futures to gain an inverse exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index, which is actively managed at between -200% and -275% of the fund’s net assets. SNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of any moves in the AUD/USD exchange rate.
Dec 08, 2020
This week's highlights Precious metals and resources products were amongst the top performers last week. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was up 11.2% for the week, while ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was up 4.2%. Resources funds BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE) and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resources Fund (OZR) were also up 5.7% and 5.5% respectively. The poorest performers for the week were infrastructure funds, BetaShares Agricultural ETF - Ccy Hedged (QAG) down 3% and Magellan Infrastructure Fund (Hedged) (MICH) down 1.7%. Reported inflows into domestically domiciled ETFs were high at over AU$1.1bn. Outflows totalled AU$145m. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) and iShares Government Inflation ETF (ILB) had the largest inflows, while the largest outflows were seen in iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ). Expectedly VAS and STW were the most traded names over the week. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) offers investors a simple, cost-efficient and secure way to access platinum by providing a return equivalent to the Australian dollar price movement of platinum less a daily management fee. ETPMPT provides exposure to the supply and demand dynamics for platinum in areas such as the automotive, technology and medical industries.
Dec 01, 2020
This week's highlights Energy and resources companies performed strongly last week on the back of higher commodity prices. Oil fund OOO and global energy fund FUEL were the week’s top-performing ETFs. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC), which includes exposure to lithium miners, was also amongst the top performers along with Australian resources sector funds, OZR, QRE and MVR. Precious metals funds and global gold miners were the week’s poorest performers as gold dipped below US$1,800/oz for the first time since July. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $469m, while outflows totalled $33m. Bearish equity fund BBOZ saw the week’s largest outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and IOZ. Asian tech fund ASIA saw above average volumes. ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO) offers investors exposure to growth across the disruptive technology themes of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence. ROBO Global, the index provider, is a recognised leader in robotics and automation investing solutions and is backed by a team of highly experienced industry entrepreneurs and academic leaders, whose expertise is applied to selecting market leaders across a range of industry segments. ROBO returned 2.7% last week and is up 26.7% year-to-date.