Global equities retreated last week as US political turmoil dominated headlines. The S&P/ASX 200 ended the week down 1.9%, the S&P 500 dropped 0.4% and the EURO STOXX 50 declined 1.4%. The domestic financial sector was hit hardest, with financial sectors ETFs (QFN, OZF and MVB) all amongst the poorest performers for the week. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.5% on a strengthening yen, while the Shanghai Composite posted its first weekly gain in six weeks.
The Australian dollar gained 1% last week on general US dollar weakness. The euro gained 2.5% and the yen gained 1.9%.
WTI crude gained 5.2% on anticipation of OPEC production cuts. Gold and silver gained 1.7% and 2.9% respectively as investors looked to protect against increased equity volatility. Iron ore advanced 2.1%. Crude oil, silver and gold ETFs (OOO, ETPMAG and QAU) were amongst the top performers for the week.
The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$153m and outflows of A$4m from domestically domiciled ETFs. The largest inflows were into SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW).