Global equity markets were mixed last week with North Korea talks dominating the news flow, though with limited market reaction. The U.S. announced tariffs on $50bn of Chinese imports late in the week, sending index futures lower after market close on Friday. The S&P/ASX 200 added 0.8%, with Utilities and Telcos being the top performing sectors. The S&P 500 ended marginally higher, while the EURO STOXX 50 added 1.7% as the euro weakened. ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF (TECH) and iShares Global Consumer Staples ETF (IXI) were the top sector plays for the week.
The Federal Reserve raised its target rate by 25 basis points, in line with market expectation. The Australian dollar fell by 2.1% to US74.42c. The euro declined by 1.4% against the U.S. dollar as the ECB said it would end QE by year-end.
Commodities mostly declined last week. WTI Crude was down by 1.0% to US$65.06/bbl as speculation mounted that this week's Opec meeting will see an agreement on increased supply. Precious metals declined across the board following the tariff announcement, with gold down 1.5%. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG), which fixed its NAV before the announcement, was the top performing ETF for the week.
The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $64m into and outflows of $25m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) and domestic and global sustainability funds (FAIR and ETHI). The largest outflows were from USD and YMAX.