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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 2 October 2020

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Oct 07, 2020

This week's highlights The domestic equity market moved lower last week with bearish fund BBOZ topping the weekly performance table. Financial and resources sector funds (MVB, QRE and OZR), along with Australian large cap funds (ILC and VLC) were all amongst the poorest performers. International real estate (REIT), agriculture (QAG) and US small caps (IJR) were the week’s top performing unleveraged equity funds. Precious metals all advanced, with platinum (ETPMPT), silver (ETPMAG) and palladium (ETPMPD) all amongst the week’s top performing funds. The Australian dollar also posted a strong week, with AUDS returning 4.7%. Oil declined, with OOO dropping 8.0%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $264m, while outflows totalled $66m. Domestic property fund MVA saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by STW. Cash fund AAA saw the week’s largest outflows. BBOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and GEAR. VGB saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Platinum (EPTMPT) offers investors exposure to physical platinum bullion vaulted with JP Morgan in London. ETPMPT returned 3.8% for the week, though it remains the only precious metal to be trading lower year-to-date.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 25 September 2020

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Sep 29, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets started to improve last week as investors mulled over further fiscal stimulus packages. The Aussie dollar depreciated strongly over the week. BetaShares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund (YANK) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 9.3%. Technology and related funds also saw strong weekly performance, with FANG, TECH and NDQ all amongst the top performers. Long USD products ZUSD and USD were also amongst the top ten performers. Long Aussie dollar product (AUDS) was the worst performer down -12.9%. Precious metal funds ETPMAG and ETPMPT were all amongst the week’s poorest performers, along with energy fund (FUEL) and Gold Miners (MNRS). Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $1.045bn, which was well above average, while outflows totalled $38m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week, A$624.4m, followed by A200. South Korean equity fund IKO saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) offers investors direct exposure to biotechnology a sub-sector of healthcare. CURE invests in US biotechnology companies that are engaged in research, development, manufacturing and/or marketing of products based on genetic analysis and genetic engineering. Examples include the development of immunotherapy treatments and vaccines to treat human diseases.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 18 September 2020

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Sep 22, 2020

This week's highlights Equity markets ended broadly lower last week, with a high degree of sector dispersion. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 10.9%. Resources and related funds also saw strong weekly performance, with agriculture (QAG), battery technology and lithium (ACDC) and domestic sector funds (QRE and OZR) all amongst the top performers. Short Nasdaq fund SNAS returned 2.6% as technology stocks declined. Financial sector funds BNKS, QFN, OZF and MVB were all amongst the week’s poorest performers, along with Nasdaq-100 funds NDQ and LNAS. Oil advanced, with OOO returning 9.7% for the week. Broad commodity fund QCB was also amongst the top performers. Precious metals were broadly positive, despite gold declining. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $253m, while outflows totalled $42m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by GOLD. Domestic financial sector fund MVB saw the week’s largest outflows. STW was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and BBOZ. MVB 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 11 September 2020

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Sep 15, 2020

This week's highlights Technology stock led equity markets lower last week with LNAS, CNEW, FANG, NDQ and HNDQ all amongst the week’s poorest performers. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 9.7%, followed by other bearish funds BBUS and BBOZ. Gold mining fund MNRS was the best performing long-equity fund, while European funds HEUR and ESTX were also amongst the week’s top performers. Precious metals posted a strong week, with only silver declining. Platinum fund ETPMPT was the top performing commodity fund, returning 2.4% for the week. Oil fund OOO was amongst the week’s poorest performers, alongside sterling fund POU. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $487m, while outflows totalled $88m. Domestic equity fund IOZ saw the biggest inflows for the week followed by sustainability funds FAIR and ETHI and Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ. Cash fund AAA and bearish fund BBOZ saw the week’s largest outflows. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by BBOZ and VAS. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX) offers investors broad exposure to 50 of the largest companies from the eurozone, including well-known global brands such as SAP, LVMH, Siemens and L’Oreal.

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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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