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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 4 September 2020

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Sep 08, 2020

This week's highlights US Markets retreated last week as technology stocks were sold down. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) and ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) were the week’s top performing ETFs, with physical commodity product, ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket (ETPMPM), also amongst the top performers. The Australian dollar weakened but found resistance above 72 US cents. Currency products ZUSD, USD and YANK were also in the week’s top ten performers. Geared equity products, technology and oil focused exposures were the worst performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $702m, while outflows totalled $328m. Aussie Equity VAS saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by VGS and HETH. Domestic equity fund STW and Aussie Cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. For the second week, AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket (ETPMPM) offers investors physical exposure to four precious metals; Gold, Silver, Palladium and Platinum. These metals are used in a variety of industrial processes and are also long term safe haven assets. ETPMPM returned 21.4% for the year to 04 Sep 2020.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 28 August 2020

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Sep 01, 2020

This week's highlights US markets posted more record highs last week as technology stocks continued their rally. The Australian dollar continued to strengthen against the greenback as it weakened against most of its G8 peers. LNAS, GGUS and AUDS were the week’s top performing ETFs, with BNKS, HNDQ and MHG also amongst the top performers. Australian technology and US listed FAANG stocks also had a good week. Bearish U.S. equities (SNAS and BBUS), US currency product (YANK), Biotechnology (CURE) and Global Infrastructure companies (CORE, GLIN and VBLD) were all amongst the week’s poorest performing funds. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $268m, while outflows totalled $27m. Aussie Equity STW saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by NDQ and GOLD. Bearish Domestic equity fund BBOZ and long US dollar fund USD saw the week’s largest outflows. AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) offers investors thematic exposure to global leaders in battery technology and lithium miners. ACDC returned 40.5% for the year to 28 Aug 2020, with many industries moving toward battery storage solutions.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 21 August 2020

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Aug 25, 2020

This week's highlights Technology stocks led equity markets higher last week. LNAS, FANG and ATEC were the week’s top performing ETFs, with NDQ, HNDQ and ASIA also amongst the top performers. Small caps also outperformed, with SMLL, KSM and MVS all performing strongly. Bearish U.S. equities (SNAS and BBUS), energy companies (FUEL), banks (BNKS) and resources companies (OZR) were all amongst the week’s poorest performing funds. Precious metals were mixed with palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) rising and gold (GOLD) and platinum (ETPMPT) declining. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $310m, while outflows totalled $31m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD and MVW. Domestic equity fund QOZ and long US dollar fund USD saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and VAS. ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA) offers investors broad exposure to 50 of the largest companies in India. NDIA returned 2.0% for the week and has returned 22.8% since bottoming in late-March at the height of the COVID-19 sell-off.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 14 August 2020

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Aug 18, 2020

This week's highlights Japanese equities rallied last week and were among some of the best performers. BetaShares Japan ETF (Hedged) (HJPN) was up 4.8% for the week and ETFS Global Core Infrastructure ETF (CORE) up 4.5%. Australian based bank and property ETFs also had a strong week – QFN, VAP and SLF all up over the week. The poorest performers over the week were commodity ETFs and Gold Miner ETFs, which dipped after Gold recently hit an all-time high. GDX and ETPMAG were the worst performers for the week, down -5.9% and -5.7% respectively. Net inflows for the week were A$288m which comprised of inflows of A$357m and outflows of A$69m. The inflows were mostly seen across ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD), Cash and Fixed Income products. Outflows were most notable in iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ). The most-traded fund of the week was BBOZ followed by IOZ and GOLD. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) offers investors a simple, cost-efficient, and secure way to access silver by providing a return equivalent to the movements in the silver spot price. ETPMAG has returned 53.3% year-to-date and 57.8% over the past 12-months.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 7 August 2020

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Aug 11, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets moved higher across the board last week. Energy and resources sectors outperformed, with ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) returning 8.0% for the week. Resources funds OZR and QRE were the top performing domestic equity funds. Korea (IKO) and US small caps (IJR) also outperformed. Bearish funds BBUS, SNAS, BBOZ and BEAR were the week’s poorest performers, along with financial sector funds MVB, QFN and OZF. Precious metals accelerated upwards last week with gold breaching the US$2,000 mark for the first time. Other metals outperformed; ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) returned 17.6% for the week, while ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) returned 8.1%. Diversified precious metals fund ETPMPM was also amongst the week’s top performers. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $443m, while outflows totalled $168m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by MVW and QUAL. Domestic equity fund A200 and long US dollar fund USD saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. AAA was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and GOLD. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) offers investors exposure to global companies developing electro-chemical storage technology and mining companies producing battery-grade lithium. ACDC has returned 18.1% year-to-date and 32.6% over the past 12-months, significantly outperforming broader equity markets.

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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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