The S&P/ASX 200 declined 1.1% last week, dragged down by underperformance in the energy and telecoms sectors. The S&P 500 rose 0.86% to record highs, the EURO STOXX 50 reached 10 year highs gaining 1.01%, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index continued its positive start to the year, returning 2.02% for the week.
The Australian dollar was relatively flat, hovering just below US80c. The prospect of a government shutdown in the US diminished the appeal of US assets, pushing the USD lower and yields higher.
Oil prices fell for the first time in five weeks, down 1.45% ending at US$63/bbl. BetaShares Strong Australian Dollar Hedge Fund (AUDS) was the top performing fund for the week. Platinum posted another strong week, up nearly 2%, bringing its ytd performance to over 9%.
The Australian ETF market saw net inflows of A$10.45m last week. The largest single inflow was into ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO), while the largest outflows were from the materials sector, BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE).