Apr 15, 2020
This week's highlights The rebound in equity markets continued into the Easter long weekend. Global and domestic real estate sectors provided many of the top performing ETFs for the week with REIT, SLF, MVA, VAP and DJRE all returning in excess of 13%. Small- and mid-cap U.S. equities (IJR and IJH) and global banks (BNKS) also posted strong returns. With most sectors and markets posting gains, only bearish funds were amongst the poorest performers across equity ETFs. Oil continued its slide, with OOO dropping 17.7% for the week. The US dollar declined against most majors. Precious metals advanced in US dollar terms, but declined against a strengthening AUD. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $398m, while outflows totalled $190m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows, while bearish funds BBOZ, BBUS, cash fund AAA and currency hedged equity funds (IHVV and QHAL) also saw strong flows. High yield fixed income fund IHHY saw the week’s biggest outflows for the second week running. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by broad-based funds VAS and STW. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG), which tracks the performance of technology leaders such as Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Facebook and Netflix, returned 4.6% for the week and is down by just 2.1% since its inception at the end of February 2020. The NYSE FANG+ Index, which FANG tracks, has posted a positive return of 11.2% year-to-date, despite the broad market sell-off.
Apr 07, 2020
This week's highlights Domestic equities rallied strongly last week as early signs of declining infection rates emerged. Resource sector funds (MVR, OZR and QRE) were all amongst the top performing ETFs for the week. Global energy companies (FUEL) also rallied as oil regained some ground. On the negative side, global banks (BNKS) and real estate funds (REIT and DJRE) were amongst the poorest performers, along with Japanese equities (HJPN and UBJ). Gold and silver pushed higher, while platinum and palladium declined. Oil rebounded on hopes of supply cuts, with OOO topping the weekly performance charts, up 31.9%. The Australian dollar ended the week dipping back below US60c. YANK was amongst the week’s top performers. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $539m, while outflows totalled $292m. Domestic equity fund STW saw the biggest inflows, while bearish funds BBOZ, BBUS and BEAR and gold (GOLD) also saw strong interest from investors expecting further downside. High yield fixed income fund IHHY saw the week’s biggest outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the fourth week running, followed by broad-based funds VAS and STW. Hedged global equity fund VGAD saw above average trading. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) has returned 16.9% since its mid-March low. At that time the widely followed gold/silver ratio reached all-time highs above 120, meaning that gold was briefly more than 120x more expensive than silver per ounce.
Mar 31, 2020
This week's highlights Equity markets rallied last week on the announcement of significant stimulus measures across the globe. The top performing equity funds for the week offered a range of exposures from global property (REIT), Japan (HJPN), gold miners (MNRS) and energy companies (FUEL). On the negative side, Indian equities (NDIA and IIND) reacted to aggressive lock-down measures and Australian banks lagged the domestic market. Precious metals rebounded strongly from the previous week’s declines. Gold benefited from haven buying and a slowdown in financial deleveraging. Platinum and palladium both saw big jumps on supply concerns linked to mine shutdowns due to coronavirus. Palladium fund ETPMPD was the week’s top performer, returning 31%. Oil continued its decline, while the Australian dollar rally saw AUDS amongst the top performers and YANK, USD and ZUSD amongst the poorest. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $515m, while outflows totalled $553m. Bearish funds BBOZ and BBUS saw large inflows alongside equity funds A200, IHVV and STW, gold (GOLD) and US dollar cash (USD) also saw strong flows. IVV saw the largest outflows as investors looked for hedged exposures. Emerging market bonds (IHEB) also saw large outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the third week running, followed by broad-based funds STW and VAS. GOLD again saw above average trading. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) has outperformed the S&P 500 by over 3% since the COVID-19 sell-off commenced. CURE holds positions in a number of companies that are at the forefront of the search of a cure or vaccine for the virus.
Mar 24, 2020
This week's highlights Another week of extreme volatility saw the S&P/ASX 200 fall 13%, the S&P 500 drop 15% and the VIX peak above 85. Bearish ETFs (BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR) were the top performing funds, while foreign currency funds (YANK, ZUSD, USD and EEU) also saw strong gains for the week as the AUD fell to 17-year lows. Amongst long-only equity funds, gold miners (GDX) bounced back and Japan (IJP) saw modest gains. On the negative side, leveraged funds (GGUS and GEAR) were significant decliners along with oil (OOO). Real estate funds, both domestic (MVA, SLF and VAP) and international (REIT and DJRE) were also amongst the hardest hit. Precious metals mostly declined for the week. Silver and platinum saw big dips, while palladium stabilised. Gold dropped 2% in US dollar terms, but gained ground in AUD. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $297m, while outflows totalled $918m. Domestic equity funds including STW, GEAR and MVW saw the largest inflows. Cash and fixed income funds (IHEB, AAA, BILL, IAF, QPON, IHHY and CRED) saw significant outflows. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the second week running, followed by broad-based funds VAS and STW. GOLD saw above average trading.
Mar 17, 2020
This week's highlights COVID-19 and Saudi Arabia’s aggressive moves to ramp up oil supply saw for one of the most volatile weeks ever across financial markets. Bearish ETFs (BBOZ, BBUS and BEAR) were the top performing funds, while foreign currency funds (YANK, ZUSD, USD, EEU and POU) also saw strong gains for the week. Amongst long-only equity funds, only China ETFs (CETF and IZZ) saw green. On the negative side, there were many. Energy companies were hit hardest – FUEL fell 27% for the week. Gold miners were also hit hard, despite the metal trading flat in AUD terms. European equity funds (HEUR) were also amongst the biggest decliners. Precious metals were not immune. Gold dropped 7% is US dollar terms, but held its ground in AUD. Palladium gave up most of its recent gains, dropping nearly 30%. Oil ETF OOO fell 23% for the week. The Australian dollar fell below US62c for the first time since 2008. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $460m, while outflows totalled $468m. Domestic equity funds dominated flows with A200 and STW seeing the largest inflows and IOZ seeing the largest outflows. GOLD, QAU and USD saw strong haven flows, while crude oil fund OOO saw speculative inflows following the massive price drop. Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund last week, followed by broad-based funds VAS, STW and IOZ. Other leveraged funds, BBUS and GEAR, saw above average trading. ETFS Enhanced USD Cash ETF (ZUSD) returned 7.8% for the week, benefiting from the strengthening US dollar and the stability of cash amidst the turmoil in more volatile asset classes.
Mar 10, 2020
This week's highlights Gold miners headlined the top performers in a turbulent week, with MNRS and GDX seeing returns in excess of 8%. Defensive sectors, including healthcare (DRUG), consumer staples (IXI) and infrastructure (IFRA) were also amongst the top performers alongside bearish funds BBOZ and BEAR. Financial sector ETFs (MVB, OZF, QFN and BNKS) were the week’s poorest performers, with high beta plays such as India (NDIA) and technology (TECH) also seeing declines. Gold continued to push higher, trading above US$1,690/oz towards the end of the week. Hedged gold (QAU) added 3.7%, while palladium (ETPMPD) dropped 8.0%. Oil saw big declines, with OOO dropping 7.8%. The Australian dollar regained ground, adding close to 3% for the week and AUDS was amongst the week’s top performing funds. Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $424m, while outflows totalled $181m. iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) and ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) saw the largest inflows for the week. BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. VAS was the most traded fund last week, followed by IOZ. BBOZ and MGE saw above average volumes.