This week's highlights
Continued heightened risk throughout Asia swayed equity markets last week. Chinese officials banned cryptocurrency and crude oil bounced as supply shortages magnified in the UK. The best performing ETFs for the week were BetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF (Hedged) (FUEL) up 4% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) up 3%. The worst performers were iShares China Large-Cap ETF (IZZ) down 3.9% and ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) down 3.6%.
Net flows for the week were back in positive territory at A$473m. This consisted of inflows of A$557m and outflows of A$84m. BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) had A156m of inflows and the biggest outflows were seen in VanEck Australian Banks ETF (MVB) which had A$22m redeemed.
Technology continues to perform well for investors. The ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF (TECH) returned 2.4% for the week and has a 12-month net total return of 39.7%. TECH provides access to 25 to 50 global technology companies across areas such as software, data processing, computer equipment and databases. Companies are screened using Morningstar’s proprietary moat methodology, to include only those companies that are identified as possessing strong competitive advantages relative to their peers. Further, companies are selected for the underlying index on the basis of how attractively they are priced relative to their fair value, as evaluated by Morningstar’s team of equity analysts.