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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 15 March 2019

This week's highlights

  • Risk-on sentiment returned last week as U.S.-China trade tensions cooled. Energy and technology sectors outperformed. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE), NDQ, RBTZ and FUEL were amongst the top performers for the week. China-focused funds (IZZ and CNEW) outperformed following strong economic data. ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX) returned 3.2% as the UK Parliament voted against a no-deal Brexit.

  • The U.S. dollar weakened last week with USD, ZUSD and YANK all amongst the poorest performers. Australian banks also underperformed with QFN, OZF and MVB all dropping more than 1%.

  • Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $165m for the week, while outflows totalled $81m. The biggest inflows were into U.S. equity funds (IVV and IJR) along with global ex-U.S. equities (IVE) and bearish Australian equities (BBOZ). BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) saw the bulk of the week’s outflows.

  • IVV and AAA were the most traded funds last week, while IJR, IVE and UBA saw above average volumes.

  • ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) posted a positive return of 4.9% for the week, taking its total return since inception (8 Nov 2018) to 11.5% and its gain from the bottom of the market in December to 38.2%.