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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 20 November 2020

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Nov 24, 2020

This week's highlights Australian bank ETFs were the top performers across the market last week, with MVB, OZF an QFN all returning in excess of 6% for the week. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) continued its strong run in recent months, while global energy fund FUEL was also amongst the week’s top performers. Global gold mining funds GDX and MNRS were the week’s poorest performers, followed by healthcare funds IXJ, HLTH and DRUG. Precious metals mostly declined last week with gold (GOLD), silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) all down for the week. Platinum, however, rallied strongly, with ETPMPT amongst the top performing funds for the week – up 5.6%. Oil fund OOO also posted a strong week, returning 4.9%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $642m, while outflows totalled $71m. Domestic equity funds STW and IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by S&P 500 fund IVV and a range of other, mostly equity, funds. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. STW was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and IOZ. Property fund SLF saw above average volumes. 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 48.4% year-to-date and 51.1% over the past 12-months, significantly outperforming broader equity markets on the back of growing investment in the renewable energy segment.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 13 November 2020

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Nov 17, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets mostly rallied last week on positive vaccine news. Sector rotation continued as cyclical sectors outperformed. Global energy companies fund FUEL and global banks fund BNKS were the week’s top performers, followed by global value fund VVLU and high yield/low volatility U.S. equity fund ZYUS. Global property funds DJRE and REIT were also amongst the week’s top performers. Gold mining funds MNRS and GDX were the week’s poorest performers, while tech-heavy funds ESPO and FANG also ended the week lower. Precious metals declined last week with silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) leading the way lower. Oil fund OOO returned 7.9% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $455m, while outflows totalled $296m. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ saw the biggest inflows for the week, along with other technology heavy funds ASIA and FANG. Bond fund IAF and global international equity funds IEM, IHVV and IVV also saw strong flows. Domestic equity fund IOZ and cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and AAA. WVOL saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) offers investors exposure to a selection of 50 stocks from the S&P 500 chosen on the basis of dividend yield and volatility. ZYUS’s portfolio has a weighted average dividend yield of 5.2% compared to 1.7% for the S&P 500 and is weighted towards defensive sectors such as utilities and real estate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 6 November 2020

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Nov 10, 2020

This week's highlights Equities rallied last week despite the inconclusive initial results of the US election, with the S&P 500 returning 7.5% for the week. Leveraged funds LNAS and GGUS were the week’s top performers, while currency hedged funds HNDQ, MNRS, HETH and DRUG all outperformed. Australian property funds MVA and SLF were also amongst the top performers benefiting from the RBA’s rate cut decision. The Australian dollar strengthened significantly, with currency funds (YANK, USD, ZUSD, POU and EEU) all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Gold remained steady, while palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) both gained more than 5%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $320m, while outflows totalled $79m. Cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by NDQ and GOLD. World multi-factor fund WDMF saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was again the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBUS and IOZ. NDQ saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) offers investors leveraged exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index. LNAS gains its exposure to the market via a portfolio of Nasdaq-100 futures contracts and is actively managed to maintain a market exposure of between 200% and 275%. LNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 30 October 2020

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Nov 03, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets moved lower last week with short funds BBUS, SNAS, BBOZ and BEAR topping the weekly performance table. Asian technology and technology-related funds ASIA and CNEW were amongst the few equity funds in the green. European focused funds ESTX, HEUR, IEU and VEQ were all amongst the week’s poorest performers as COVID lockdowns accelerated across the continent. The U.S. dollar strengthened on haven buying, with YANK, USD and ZUSD all amongst the top performers for the week. Gold remained steady, while other precious metals declined. Oil fund OOO ended the week down 10.3%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $925m, while outflows totalled $83m. Domestic equity fund VAS saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by fixed income funds VBND and VAF. Domestic equity fund IOZ and bearish fund BBOZ saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Global equity fund QUAL saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) offers investors leveraged inverse exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index. SNAS gains its exposure to the market via a portfolio of Nasdaq-100 futures contracts and is actively managed to maintain a market exposure of between -200% and -275%. SNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 23 October 2020

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Oct 27, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets traded mainly lower last week, with some exceptions. Global banks fund BNKS was the top performing equity ETF, followed by South Korean fund IKO and agriculture fund QAG. China new economy fund CNEW, cybersecurity fund HACK and gold miners funds MNRS and GDX were the week’s biggest decliners. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 2.4% for the week as the Nasdaq-100 declined. Gold traded slightly lower last week, though other precious metals outperformed. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 5.1%. Palladium fund ETPMPD was also amongst the top performers. Crude oil ETF OOO dropped 3.1% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $301m, while outflows totalled $32m. Domestic cash fund AAA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by FAIR and QUAL. Leveraged domestic equity fund GEAR saw the week’s largest outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA. Fixed income fund VBND saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) offers investors exposure to fully-allocated physical platinum and provides exposure to the supply and demand dynamics for the metal in areas such as the automotive, technology and medical industries.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 16 October 2020

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Oct 20, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets were mixed last week with dispersion across regions and sectors. China funds CETF, IZZ and CNEW were the top performing equity ETFs followed by tech-focused funds ATEC, HACK, NDQ and FANG. Domestic bank fund MVB also has a strong week. International energy companies (FUEL), global banks (BNKS), Japanese equities (HJPN) and property funds (REIT and MVA) were all amongst the poorest performers. Leveraged US dollar fund YANK was the week’s overall top performing ETF on the back of a drop in AUD from US72.4c to US70.8c. Gold and silver both gained ground, while palladium fund ETPMPD dropped 2.9% for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $425m, while outflows totalled just $15m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by BBOZ. Domestic equity yield fund ZYAU saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and AAA. Fixed income fund VAF saw above average volumes. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) offers investors exposure to a concentrated portfolio of the world’s top innovation leaders across today’s technology and tech-enabled companies. FANG holds a portfolio of ten stock including Apple, Amazon, Google and Netflix. The fund returned 3.1% last week and is up 56.9% since its launch on 27th February 2020.

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