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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 1 March 2019

This week's highlights

  • China A-shares posted big gains last week as the U.S. announced it would delay planned tariff increases. CETF and CNEW returned 7.1% and 6.1% for the week respectively. European equities also rallied as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit lessened. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX) returned 2.3%, BetaShares British Pound ETF (POU) gained 2.0%. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the week’s top performing ETF, returning 7.6% and is now up 26.2% year-to-date.

  • Commodity ETFs were mixed with gold, silver and oil declining, while platinum and palladium rose strongly. Gold mining ETFs, GDX and MNRS, were the poorest performing ETFs for the week.

  • Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $181m for the week, while outflows totalled $50m. Fixed income funds IGB, IHCB, AAA, ILB and QPON all saw strong inflows. The week’s biggest outflows were from STW and GOLD.

  • Trading volume was dominated by the usual suspects; AAA, STW, VAS and IVV, with above average trading seen in IGB, GOLD and IHVV.

  • ETF Securities’ “Future Present” range of funds has continued its strong start to 2019 with CURE, ROBO and TECH all returning in excess of 17% year-to-date and ACDC up 7.3%.