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.