This week's highlights
Chinese stocks rebounded last week on the back of tough measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak and stimulate economic activity. CNEW and CETF were both amongst the top performing ETFs for the week. Other Asian markets including South Korea and Japan suffered as outbreaks spread; IKO, UBP, IJP, IAA, UBJ and ASIA were all amongst the week’s poorest performers. Global technology stocks (TECH) also suffered on global growth and supply-chain concerns.
Precious metals all gained with haven assets in demand. GOLD returned 5.3% for the week, while palladium (ETPMPD) added 10.8% and once again touched new all-time highs. Gold mining ETFs (GDX and MNRS) were the top performing equity funds for the week.
Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $333m, while outflows totalled $43m. Russell Australian Responsible Investment ETF (RARI) saw the largest inflows for the week, followed by a range of global equity funds (ETHI, IEM, QUAL and NDQ). Domestic equities (IOZ), fixed income (QPON, IAF and AAA) and gold (GOLD) also saw strong flows. BetaShares FTSE RAFI Australia 200 ETF (QOZ) saw the bulk of the week’s outflows.
RARI was the most traded fund last week, reflecting its flows, followed by VAS, AAA and STW. GOLD and IEM saw above average volumes.
ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) returned 1.5% last week and is up 7.6% year-to-date. CURE provides broad exposure to the U.S. biotechnology sector including a number of companies actively involved in developing drugs and vaccines to combat the coronavirus.