This week's highlights
Equity markets rallied last week on the announcement of significant stimulus measures across the globe. The top performing equity funds for the week offered a range of exposures from global property (REIT), Japan (HJPN), gold miners (MNRS) and energy companies (FUEL). On the negative side, Indian equities (NDIA and IIND) reacted to aggressive lock-down measures and Australian banks lagged the domestic market.
Precious metals rebounded strongly from the previous week’s declines. Gold benefited from haven buying and a slowdown in financial deleveraging. Platinum and palladium both saw big jumps on supply concerns linked to mine shutdowns due to coronavirus. Palladium fund ETPMPD was the week’s top performer, returning 31%. Oil continued its decline, while the Australian dollar rally saw AUDS amongst the top performers and YANK, USD and ZUSD amongst the poorest.
Total flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $515m, while outflows totalled $553m. Bearish funds BBOZ and BBUS saw large inflows alongside equity funds A200, IHVV and STW, gold (GOLD) and US dollar cash (USD) also saw strong flows. IVV saw the largest outflows as investors looked for hedged exposures. Emerging market bonds (IHEB) also saw large outflows.
Bearish domestic fund BBOZ was the most traded fund for the third week running, followed by broad-based funds STW and VAS. GOLD again saw above average trading.
ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) has outperformed the S&P 500 by over 3% since the COVID-19 sell-off commenced. CURE holds positions in a number of companies that are at the forefront of the search of a cure or vaccine for the virus.