Feb 12, 2019
This week's highlights The fallout from the Royal Commission was the biggest driver of domestic equity returns last week as most financial stocks rebounded. Financial sector ETFs (OZF, QFN and MVB) all returned in excess of 6% for the week. Bank-heavy domestic dividend-focused ETFs also performed strongly with SYI, FDIV, RDV, ZYAU and VHY all returning more than 4%. Global equities were broadly negative for the week. BetaShares WisdomTree Japan ETF (HJPN), which fell 2.0%, was the poorest performing broad-based international equity fund for the week. The Australian dollar saw significant movement last week, dropping nearly 2c against the US$. YANK returned 6.3%, while AUDS fell 5.2%. Unleveraged funds ZUSD and USD both returned more than 2%. Precious metals continued to outperform, with ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) up 2.1% and ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) adding a further 4.3%, taking its 12 month total return to nearly 55%. Oil declined, with OOO dropping 3%. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $87m for the week, while outflows totalled $61m. The week’s largest inflows were into VanEck’s domestic property and equally-weighted equity funds (MVA and MVW), while the biggest outflows were from QPON and A200. Vanguard Australian Shares ETF (VAS) was the most traded ETF last week, well-exceeding its long-term average turnover. Vanguard MSCI Index International Series (Hedged) (VGAD) also saw notable activity. Three of ETF Securities’ Future Present range of ETFs (CURE, TECH and ROBO) have returned more than 10% YTD in a sign that growth stocks are returning to favour.
Feb 05, 2019
This week's highlights Mining and resources stocks rallied strongly last week. VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was the top performing fund for the second week running, returning 5.1%, followed closely by BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (MNRS). Domestic resource sector ETFs (QRE, OZR ad MVR) were also amongst the top performers. Domestic financial sector ETFs fell in advance of the release of the Hayne Royal Commission findings this week; MVB, OZF and QFN all dropped more than 3.5%. Commodity ETFs generally had a strong week with oil (OOO), hedged gold (QAU) and silver (ETPMAG) all amongst the top performers. All five ETF Securities’ precious metals funds posted positive returns for the week. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $193m for the week, while outflows totalled only $10m. The weeks largest inflows were into domestic equities (IOZ), A$ cash (BILL) and iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF (IXI). Major domestic benchmark ETFs dominated trading volume last week. IXI, IAF, BILL and IXJ all seeing above average trading levels. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) has returned 13.0% in 2019 to-date, making it the top performing unleveraged equity ETF.
Jan 30, 2019
This week's highlights Global stocks were mixed last week with gold miners, real estate and non-Japan Asia outperforming. VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 3.7%, followed by iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF (IKO) at 3.5%. Global energy and healthcare funds were amongst the poorest performers with FUEL, IXJ, CURE and DRUG all posting negative weeks. Australian financial sector ETFs also declined. Inflows were also mixed with money moving into both long and short domestic equity funds (BBOZ, STW and EX20), global infrastructure (IFRA) and multifactor ETFs (WDMF and EMKT). Outflows were primarily from domestic financial sectors (QFN), geared equity funds (GEAR and GGUS) and Europe (IEU). Both BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and BetaShares Australian Bank Snr Floating Rate Bond ETF (QPON) saw significant trading volume last week, while volumes in major equity benchmarks were well below longer-term averages.
Jan 22, 2019
This week's highlights Global equities improved again last week led by the Financials sector. Geared Equity ETF (GGUS) and Finance Sector ETF (BNKS) led the way with gains on 6.9% and 4%. Oils strong start to the year continued up again last week. OOO returning 4.1% for the week and 18.2% year to date. Looking longer term, ETPMPD remains the best performer over 12 months with a return of 37.4%. With property, technology and infrastructure ETFs all posting double digit growth. In terms of net flows, domestic equity and geared funds had the most redemptions, whilst there were significant flows into sustainability ETFs.
Jan 15, 2019
This week's highlights The S&P 500 returned its third straight positive weekly gain continuing a promising start to the New Year. Both ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) and Betashares Crude Oil ETF (OOO) were the top performers for the week and also the Year to Date. Geared Australian and U.S equity funds also had a strong week along with thematic ETFs ROBO and RBTZ. Looking longer term ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) ETF was the best performing ETF over the previous 12 months returning 33.9%. Domestic cash and equity products saw majority of the flows and turnover for the week and continued the trend so far for 2019. The biggest outflows for the week were for international equity exposures IEU and IVV.
Dec 18, 2018
This week's highlights Global equities fell last week on a lower growth outlook following below expectation economic data across the regions. The S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.4% with resources being the only positive sector for the week. Resource sector ETFs (QRE and OZR) were the top performing long-only equity funds. Offshore, the S&P 500 fell 1.3%, with financials being hit hardest. The Nikkei 225 fell 1.4%, while the EURO STOXX 50 gained 1.1%. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields rose 4 basis points and the U.S. dollar gained against most majors. The Australian dollar ended the week lower at US71.72c. Pound sterling continued to decline on further Brexit uncertainty. Precious metals pulled-back, with gold down 0.8% to US$1,239/ounce. Palladium continued its run up and is now close to 50% above its August low. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) returned 2.7% for the week. Crude oil fell 2.7% for the week, while the broad Bloomberg Commodity Index dropped 2.7%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $164m into and outflows of $106m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest flows were into BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200), iShares Treasury ETF (IGB) and iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ).