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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 2 April 2021

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Apr 07, 2021

This week's highlights Global equity markets marched onwards to fresh highs last week even with a shortened trading week. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the best performing fund for the week up 10.2%, while VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) was up 8.1%. Precious metals were amongst the worst performers, with ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) down 1.9% and ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) down 1.1%. Total inflows for the week totalled A$226m which consisted of A$305m of inflows and A$76m of outflows. The best inflows on a fund basis were seen by BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200) which had A$79.9m of inflows and iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had A$31.5m. The biggest outflows were in SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) A$38.1m and iShares Edge MSCI World Minimum Volatility ETF (WVOL) had A$5.2m of outflows. Turnover for the week remains highest amongst vanilla equity ETFs. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) had A$21.1m of turnover and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) had A$16.4m. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) provides hedged leveraged target exposure to the Nasdaq-100 in the range of 200-275%.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 26 March 2021

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Mar 30, 2021

This week's highlights Defensive stocks came to the fore last week as some big technology names took a hit. Infrastructure fund VBLD was the week’s top performing ETF, up 4.3%, followed by consumer staples fund IXI. Global quality (QUAL), income (INCM) and high yield/low volatility (ZYUS) funds were also amongst the top performers. Biotech fund CURE saw the biggest drop for the week, down 6.7%, while gold miners (MNRS), Asia tech (ASIA) and FAANG stocks (FANG) also declined. Precious metals were mixed, with silver (ETPMAG) amongst the biggest decliners, but other metals advanced. The Aussie dollar dropped below US 77c, with strong dollar fund YANK amongst the top performing ETFs and strong AUD fund AUDS amongst the poorest. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $302m, while outflows totalled $98m. Domestic equity fund A200 and cash fund AAA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity and fixed income funds including XARO, BNKS, SUBD and ILC. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV and cash fund BILL saw the largest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by A200 and IHVV. VAP saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) returned 3.4% for the week. ZYUS invested in a portfolio of 50 U.S. stocks selected on the basis of being strong dividend payers and exhibiting historically lower volatility. As such, ZYUS tends to have a more defensive sector allocation, with overweights to utilities, consumer staples and real estate companies. Year-to-date ZYUS has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 9.8%.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 19 March 2021

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Mar 23, 2021

This week's highlights Global equity markets experienced heightened volatility last week as quadruple witching occurred. Precious metals rallied and were the best performers over the week. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) finished the week up 10.9%, ETFS Physical Precious Metals Basket (ETPMPM) up 4.5% and ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) up 2.8%. The worst performers over the week were energy funds. VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) was down 8% and BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF - Ccy Hedged (OOO) was down 6.4%. Total inflows for the week were A$206m which consisted of A$257m of inflows and A$50m of outflows. The best inflows on a fund basis were seen by BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) which had A$30m of inflows and VanEck Vectors MSCI World Ex-Australia Quality ETF (QUAL) had A$23.5m. The biggest outflows were in BetaShares Australian Bank Snr Floating Rate Bond ETF (QPON) A$12.5m and BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) had A$6.7m of outflows. Turnover for the week remains highest amongst vanilla equity ETFs. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) had A$18.7m of turnover and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) had A$16.4m. ETFS physical palladium (ETPMPD) returned 10.9% for the week. ETPMPD is fully-backed by physical holdings of palladium and provides exposure to the supply and demand dynamics for palladium in areas like the automotive industry.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 12 March 2021

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Mar 16, 2021

This week's highlights Small cap US equity fund IJR was the top-performing ETF last week, returning 6.2%, followed by leveraged funds GGUS and LNAS. Biotech (CURE), midcap (IJH), agriculture (FOOD) and Europe (HEUR) funds were all amongst the top performers. China and Asia funds were the poorest performers, with CNEW, ISS, IAA, CETF, and IKO all declining by more than 2%. Precious metals mostly declined, though platinum fund ETPMPT was amongst the week’s top performers. Leveraged US dollar fund YANK was amongst the poorest performers on the back of the rising AUD. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $342m, while outflows totalled $209m. Domestic equity fund IOZ and composite bond fund IAF saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity funds including ETHI, NDW, QUAL and FAIR. Cash fund AAA and silver fund ETPMAG saw the largest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and BBOZ. ASIA saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) returned 4.4% for the week. ETPMPT is fully-back by physical holdings of platinum and provides exposure to the supply and demand drivers of the global platinum market, such as the demand for vehicles that use platinum as an aid for emissions reduction.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 5 March 2021

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Mar 09, 2021

This week's highlights Equity markets saw a week of sector rotation with cyclical stocks outperforming and technology-related companies lagging. Top performing equity ETFs were in the energy (FUEL), and financial (MVB, QFN, OZF and BNKS) sectors. Low volatility (ZYUS) and value (VVLU) factors outperformed. India funds (IIND and NDIA) were also amongst the top performers. Biotech fund CURE was the poorest performing equity fund for the week, with FANG, ROBO, ESPO and HACK also amongst the poorest performers. Precious metals mostly declined. Platinum (ETPMPT), silver (ETPMAG) and gold (QAU and PMGOLD) were amongst the poorest performers. Palladium (ETPMPD) posted a small gain. Oil fund OOO gained 7.5% for the week and was the overall top performing fund. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $369m, while outflows totalled $252m. Domestic equity fund IOZ and Australian government bond fund AGVT saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity funds including A200, IEM, FAIR and IJR. Cash and variable interest funds AAA, QPON and FLOT saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AGVT, which saw above average volumes. ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) returned 5.5% for the week. ZYUS provides exposure to a selection of 50 names from the S&P 500 based on dividend yield and volatility criteria. ZYUS’s portfolio is typically tilted towards traditional “value” sectors, such as utilities and consumer staples, and may be well positioned to benefit from a prolonged sector rotation in the U.S. market.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 26 February 2021

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Mar 02, 2021

This week's highlights Equity market saw a volatile week with most major benchmarks finishing lower. Short Nasdaq-100 fund SNAS was the top performing fund for the week followed by BBUS. Australian resources funs QRE and OZR were the top performing unleveraged equity funds. LNAS was the biggest decliner for the week, followed by a range of tech-heavy funds including ATEC, ASIA, ESPO and HACK. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) posting positive weeks, while gold declined. Platinum (ETPMPT) was the biggest mover, ending the week 5.5% lower. Oil fund OOO gained 3.6% for the week. Currency funds YANK, EEU and USD were also amongst the top performers in the back of a lower AUD. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $339m, while outflows totalled $147m. Nasdaq-100 fund NDQ and domestic property fund MVA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity and fixed income funds. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV saw the biggest outflows or the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IHVV and NDQ, which saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (SNAS) returned 11.7% for the week. SNAS provides inverse exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index within a target range of -200% and -275% of its net asset value. Furthermore, SNAS is currency hedged to reduce exposure to movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 19 February 2021

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Feb 23, 2021

This week's highlights Equity markets eased off the accelerator last week and treasury yields climbed. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) was the best performer over the week up 4.5%. Sector wise, financials and resources also performed well. BetaShares Global Banks ETF (Hedged) (BNKS) was up 3.2% and VanEck Vectors Australian Banks ETF (MVB) up 2.7%. The worst performers for the week were gold miners and healthcare. VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) was down 7.6% and ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was down 4.4%. Net flows for the week were A$242m, comprised of A$329m of inflows and A$84m of outflows. The largest flows were seen into BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and BetaShares Asia Technology Tigers ETF (ASIA). The strengthening Aussie dollar looks to be encouraging investors into unhedged ETF variants. iShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) also had strong inflows whilst iShares S&P 500 AUD Hedged (IHVV) had strong outflows. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) continue to have the largest turnover of products with ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) rounding out the top ten. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) offers investors a simple, cost-efficient and secure way to access platinum by providing a return equivalent to the Australian dollar price movement of platinum less a daily management fee.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 12 February 2021

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Feb 16, 2021

This week's highlights Equity markets hit new record highs last week, with the technology and China funds leading the way. CETF was the week’s top-performing equity fund, followed by FANG, ASIA, TECH and CNEW. Domestic property funds (SLF and MVA) and equity yield funds (RDV and DVDY) were amongst the biggest decliners, alongside biotech fund CURE, which gave back some of its gains from the previous week. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium (ETPMPD) returning 7.6% to be the week’s overall top-performing fund. Gold and platinum declined, while silver gained. Oil fund OOO was also amongst the top performers, gaining 4.6%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $508m, while outflows totalled $207m. Low volatility fund WVOL saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by international equity funds including IEU and IVV. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV saw the biggest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and IOZ. IEM saw above average volumes. ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG) returned 3.7% for the week. FANG offers investors exposure to a concentrated portfolio of global innovation leaders in the tech and tech-enabled space, including Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Netflix and Tesla, amongst others.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 5 February 2021

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Feb 09, 2021

This week's highlights Equity markets bounced-back last week, with high-beta plays outperforming. ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) was the top performing unleveraged fund for the week, adding 9.4%. India (NDIA), Asian technology (AISA), innovation leaders (FANG), esports (ESPO) and battery technology (ACDC) funds were all amongst the top performers. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the overall top performing fund, returning 13.0%. Major precious metals declined last week, with gold (GOLD, QAU and PMGOLD) ending the week lower. Silver (ETPMAG) also ended the week down, having been more than 8% higher in Reddit-inspired trading earlier in the week. Platinum (ETPMPT) and palladium (ETPMPD) both posted modest gains, while oil fund OOO gained 8.9%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $318m, while outflows totalled $143m. Silver fund ETPMAG saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity funds including IOZ, IHVV, QUAL and NDQ. Domestic equity fund A200 saw the biggest outflows for the week. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by IHVV and VAS. IHVV and ETPMAG saw above average volumes. ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF (NDIA) returned 8.8% for the week. NDIA aims to track movements in India’s benchmark the NSE Nifty50 Index and provides investors with exposure to the growth potential of India’s rebounding economy, which the IMF predicts will grow by 11% in 2021.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 29 January 2021

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Feb 02, 2021

This week's highlights Major equity markets sold off last week on valuation concerns and Reddit-inspired short squeeze mania. Top performing equity funds were all short plays; SNAS, BBUS, BBOZ and BEAR. At the other end, Australian resources ETFs (MVR, QRE and OZR) were the poorest performers amongst non-leveraged funds. Battery technology (ACDC), energy (FUEL) and Asia tech (ASIA) were also all in negative territory. Precious metals had a strong week. Silver (ETPMAG) was the top performer across the market following Reddit-led buying across physical and ETF markets globally. Gold (GOLD), platinum (ETPMPT) and diversified precious metals basket (ETPMPM) funds were all amongst the week’s top performers. Leveraged US dollar fund YANK and pound sterling fund POU also posted strong weeks. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $680m, while outflows totalled $21m. Domestic equity fund VAS saw the biggest inflows, followed by a range of global equity funds including VGS, VDHG, VGAD and VGE. Cash fund AAA saw the bulk of the week’s outflows. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by STW and BBOZ. VGS saw above average volumes. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was the week’s top-performing fund, returning 8.9%. ETPMAG aims to track movements in the spot price of silver in Australian dollars by providing investors with an entitlement to physical silver bullion. The bullion is vaulted with JP Morgan in London and is independently audited twice annually.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 22 January 2021

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Jan 27, 2021

This week's highlights Technology and Asia focused ETFs dominated the list of top performers in a strong week for equity funds across the board. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) returned 10.2%, while ETFS FANG+ ETF (FANG), ASIA, IZZ and ATEC were all amongst the top performers for the week. Bearish funds (SNAS, BBUS and BBOZ) were the biggest decliners for the week, while global sector funds such as financials (BNKS), energy (FUEL) and infrastructure (MICH and VBLD) also posted negative weeks. Precious metals had a quiet week with gold (GOLD) adding 0.5%. Palladium (ETPMPD), which dropped by 3.1%, was the biggest mover for the week. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $242m, while outflows totalled just $2m. Domestic sustainability fund FAIR saw the biggest inflows for the week, followed by a range of global equity funds including QUAL, ASIA and ACDC. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by STW and IOZ. ASIA saw above average volumes. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the week’s top performing fund, returning 10.2%. LNAS uses a portfolio of long Nasdaq 100 futures to gain a leveraged exposure to the Nasdaq-100 Index, which is actively managed at between 200% and 275% of the fund’s net assets. LNAS is also currency hedged to reduce the impact of any moves in the AUD/USD exchange rate.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 15 January 2021

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Jan 19, 2021

This week's highlights Markets came off slightly last week from fresh highs. Small caps, low volatility and biotechnology all performed well over the week. iShares Core S&P SmallCap ETF (IJR) was up 2.9%, ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) up 2.6% and ETFS S&P Biotech ETF (CURE) up 2.5%. The worst performers over the week were gold miners, with BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (Hedged) (MNRS) was down 5.4%. Net inflows for the week were A$236m. iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had the biggest inflows of A$60.2m, while ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) had A$26.7m. The biggest outflows were seen in BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) totalling A$33.9m. The most-traded ETFs over the week were Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS), BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and BetaShares NASDAQ 100 (NDQ). ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) continues to remain the best 12 month performer up 64.4%.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 8 January 2021

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Jan 12, 2021

This week's highlights: As the electric vehicle revolution gains more momentum, Battery Technology and Miners soared. ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) was up 9% and BetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF (Hedged) (FUEL) up 8.8%. Global real estate and Australian Tech had a poor week. SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate Fund (DJRE) was down 2.6% and BetaShares S&P/ASX Australian Technology ETF (ATEC) down 2.3% Australian domiciled products maintained strong inflows of A$268m over the week. Beta domestic equity products and Global Tech saw most of the inflows. iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had A$32.4m of inflows for the week and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Financials ex A-REITS Fund (OZF) A$14.1m of outflows. The start of 2021 has continued a strong rebound in equity markets as investors continue to support emerging megatrends such as Battery Technology and Lithium. ETF Securities’ ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC) is up 71% over 12 months. Currently the best performing Australian listed ETF.

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