Jun 23, 2020
This week's highlights Equity markets rallied last week with high beta technology and small cap funds posting the top performances. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the week’s top performer, returning 8.3%. Technology focused funds ATEC, ASIA, TECH and FANG were all amongst the best performers. Domestic and international small cap funds KSM, MVS and IMPQ also performed strongly. Real estate (DJRE) and resources funds (QRE and OZR) were amongst the poorest performers. Oil fund OOO continued to benefit from the rebound in the global crude market, returning 7.7%. Gold held firm at close to US$1,750/oz, while other precious metals mainly declined. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $313m, while outflows totalled just $78m. GOLD saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by bearish fund BBOZ. Multifactor fund WDMF saw the largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund IOZ. OOO again saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) invests in over 130 US-listed biotechnology firms. Renewed focus on the sector since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the fund return 14.5% since the end of February and strongly outperform the broader US equity market.
Jun 16, 2020
This week's highlights Equity markets mostly declined last week, with second-wave fears and cautious Fed comments halting the rally. Bearish funds (BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR) were amongst the top performers, while technology-related companies in China (CNEW) and the US (FANG) outperformed. Global energy companies (FUEL), banks (BNKS) and US small-and mid-cap companies (IJR and IJH) were amongst the poorest performers. Precious metals all rallied strongly last week. GOLD returned 5.1% for the week, while the diversified ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) returned 3.8%. Gold miner (GDX) was also amongst the top performers. Oil declined, with OOO returning -7.8%. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $285m, while outflows totalled just $14m. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by IOZ. Consumer staples fund IXI saw the largest outflows. Bearish fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund VAS. GOLD and OOO saw above average volumes. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG), which invests in 10 of the world’s largest technology and technology-enabled companies, returned 2.4% for the week. FANG+ stocks, including Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google have shown resilience in turbulent markets this year. Year-to-date the NYSE FANG+ Index, which FANG aims to track, has outperformed the broader S&P 500 by more than 30%.
Jun 10, 2020
This week's highlights Bullish sentiment continued last week as most major equity indexes ended the week up. Global Banks surged and oil continued to rally on the back of extended output cuts. Among the top performers for the week were BetaShares Global Banks ETF (Hedged) (BNKS) up 14% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) up 10.1%. Geared US Dollar currency ETFs, miners and precious metals were amongst the worst performers. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was down -10.7% and VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was down -9.6%. Flows for the week were mostly seen across Cash and Core exposure ETFs. iShares Core Cash ETF (BILL) had A$43.1m of inflows and iShares CORE Composite Bond ETF (IAF) had A$21.3m of inflows. Outflows were highest across iShares S&P 500 AUD Hedged (IHVV) and iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF (IXI) Chinese Equity, Technology and precious metals remain the best performers YTD.
Jun 02, 2020
This week's highlights Hopes of economic re-opening extended to optimism for the financial sector last week. Australian bank ETFs were the clear top performers, with MVB, OZF and QFN all registering double digit returns for the week. High yield domestic equity funds also benefited from the bank rally, with SYI, RDV and active fund EINC all amongst the top performers. Gold miners (GDX and MNRS), biotechnology (CURE) and big-tech (FANG) pulled-back from recent strong performances to lead the equity decliners for the week. Gold remained steady, above US$1,700/oz last week, though a rising Australian dollar saw GOLD fall 2% for the week. Platinum fund ETPMPT gave up some of last week’s gains, falling 2.9%. While leveraged US dollar fund YANK dropped 4.6% as the Australian dollar steamed towards US67c . Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $281m, while outflows totalled $45m. Bearish domestic equity fund BBOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by GOLD. Domestic cash fund AAA and currency hedge S&P 500 (IHVV) saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund VAS. NDQ and OOO saw above average volumes. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX), which invests in 50 of the largest companies in the eurozone returned 5.3% for the week. Optimism is rising that the policy response to coronavirus in Europe, including the establishment of an EU recovery fund and the purchasing of riskier assets by the ECB, will see a quicker than expected economic rebound.
May 26, 2020
This week's highlights Equity markets returned to risk-on mode last week with cyclical sectors leading the way. Resource (QRE and OZR) and technology (ATEC) sector ETFs were the top domestic performers for the week. U.S. small- and mid-caps (IJR and IJH) along with global property (REIT) were the best performing international equity funds. Asian focused funds (CNEW, PAXX, NDIA, CETF, VAE and IZZ) were all amongst the week’s poorest performers along with gold miners (GDX) Gold stabilised above US$1,700/oz last week, while other precious metals advanced. Platinum fund ETPMPT was one of the week’s top performers, returning 6.9%. Oil continued to rise from its April lows, with OOO returning 10.7% last week. The Australian dollar moved back above US65c . Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $372m, while outflows totalled $91m. Domestic cash fund BILL saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by bond fund IAF and GOLD. Domestic cash fund AAA saws the bulk of the week’s outflows. Bearish equity fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by domestic equity fund VAS. GOLD saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT), which invests in physical platinum bullion, returned 6.9% for the week. Prices are being driven by a combination of rising demand, mainly from China, as vehicle production comes back on line, in contrast to restricted supply caused by mine lockdowns in South Africa, the world’s largest producer.
May 20, 2020
This week's highlights Equity markets mostly declined last week as the recent rally stalled, though the domestic market ended the week in positive territory. Gold miners (GDX) and biotechnology (CURE) ETFs were the top performing equity funds. Global property funds (REIT and DJRE) were the biggest decliners, followed by U.S. small caps (IJR), banks (BNKS) and global value stocks (VVLU). Precious metals rose across the board, with silver leading the way. ETPMAG gained 10.6% to be the week’s top performing fund, while GOLD rose by 3.8%. Strong U.S. dollar fund YANK was also amongst the top performers. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $407m, while outflows totalled $124m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by bond fund IAF and STW. Global corporate bond fund IHBC, cash fund ISEC and resources sector fund QRE saw the week’s biggest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by bearish equity fund BBOZ. Cash fund BILL saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG), which invests in physical silver bullion, returned 10.6% for the week. Being a more industrial commodity than gold, silver saw much bigger drawdowns in late-February and early-March as markets reacted to the rapid spread of COVID-19. At that time the ratio of gold to silver prices hit all-time highs. Since bottoming on 19th March, however, ETPMAG has rebounded by 23.7%, compared to 7.6% for GOLD over the same period.