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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 11 March 2022

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This week's highlights

  • Commodities dominated the week with spikes in energy and precious metal prices. Tensions continued with Russia and Ukraine which saw the west apply additional economic sanctions. Global equities retreated as investors reallocated to risk-off assets such as bonds and gold.

  • ETFS Hydrogen ETF (HGEN) was the best performer during the week. HGEN profited from higher fossil fuel prices, reducing the marginal costs for renewable energy. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) was another top performer due to the Nasdaq tumbling further. The index is down over 20% since its November 2020 highs.

  • iShares China Large-Cap ETF (IZZ) was the poorest performing ETF during the week. Fed tightening, geopolitics, higher commodity prices and a resurgence of Covid-19 all contributed to a negative outlook that saw outflows from the region.

  • Precious metals continued to perform positively on the back of supply constraints and off-risk allocation. Russia is one of the largest producers of Palladium. As a result, ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was up 5.8% during the week.

  • iShares Government Inflation ETF (ILB) captured the biggest domestic inflow during the week given the risk-off sentiment and investor demand for inflation-linked bonds.

  • Broad Australian focussed ETFs iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) and Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) were the most traded funds during the week.

  • ETF Securities offers a range of equity and commodity-based ETFs that can provide investors exposure to reflect their outlook on current market conditions and long-term trends.