Jan 09, 2018
Risk assets continued to perform in the first week of 2018, with the S&P/ASX 200 up 0.9%, the S&P 500 up 2.6%, while the EURO STOXX 50 rose 3.0% and the Nikkei 225 appreciated by 4.2%. Growth ETFs were the top performers for the week with ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO) returning 4.3% and emerging market and Asia Pacific ETFs (IBK and UBP) also performing strongly. The real estate sector provided the poorest performing, non-leveraged funds for the week (DJRE and RENT). The Australian dollar continued its month-long rally, gaining 0.7% to breach US 78.5c for the first time since October. Precious metals also performed strongly last week, with gold up 1.3%. ETFS Physical Platinum was the top performing commodity fund for the week, returning 3.9%. The broad Bloomberg Commodity Index declined 0.3%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$55m and outflows of A$28m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into BetaShares FTSE RAFI Australia 200 ETF (QOZ), while the largest outflows were from SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Financials ex A-REITS Fund (OZF).
Dec 15, 2017
In the final ETFS Weekly Market Monitor for 2017 we look back at the best and worst performers for the year-to-date. Non-Japan Asia was the standout segment within equity markets, with UBP, IKO and IAA all returning in excess of 30% so far this year. The poorest performers included a range of bearish products (BBUS and BBOZ), which underperformed in a strong risk-on environment. Within the domestic equity space, small- and mid-cap funds outperformed, with MVE and SSO being the top performers, while HVST was the poorest performer. High yield plays provided the best returns in the fixed income arena, with IHEB returning 9.9%, followed by IHYY, which returned 6.4%. Within currency funds, euro (EEU) has been the best performer in 2017 returning 5.1%, while US dollar (USD and ZUSD) lagged, down over 5%. Palladium was the top commodity performer, with ETPMPD returning 43.3%. Agriculture was the poorest performing sector, with QAG declining 13.4%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$95m and outflows of A$27m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX), while the largest outflows were from BetaShares Australian Dividend Harvester Funds (HVST).
Dec 08, 2017
The risk-off theme continued into last week with uncertainty around the US government debt ceiling negotiations, Hurricane Irma and North Korea. The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 0.9% last week, the S&P 500 lost 0.6% and the Nikkei 225 dropped 2.1%, while the EURO STOXX 50 posted a modest gain. Domestic resource sector ETFs (MVR and QRE) were the top performing equity funds for the week. The US dollar weakened against most major currencies, with US Treasury yields registering their lowest levels for the year-to-date. The Australian dollar gained over 1%, ending the week at US80.6c. The euro gained 1.5% and the yen jumped 2.2% against the US dollar. Precious metals made strong gains last week, with gold up 1.6% and silver up 1.4%. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 2.9%. WTI Crude posted its first positive week since July, while Iron ore declined by 5.8%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$71m and outflows of A$12m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were mainly into cash and fixed income funds (AAA and QPON), while outflows were from BetaShares Australian Dividend Harvester Fund (HVST).
Dec 07, 2017
Global equities performance was mixed. The S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.3%. The S&P 500 rose 0.1%, while the EURO STOXX 50 rose 0.6%. Agricultural and Resources ETFs (QAG and YANK) were the top performing equity funds for the week, while gold miners (GDX and MNRS) were amongst the poorest performers. The Australian dollar was down against other major currencies, weakened to US 76c after RBA kept interest rates unchanged and did not signal for a rate hike. The euro slightly dropped 0.2% against the US dollar. Global bonds yields climbed after a better-than-expected US jobs report offered support to the Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates, US 10 year Treasury yields up 0.08%. Australian 10 year government bond yields up 0.13%. Broad sell-off in commodities. Gold price fell 2.1% to US$1,216 an ounce on the propsect of another rate rise in the US. WTI crude price dropped 3.9% on the increased US production, iron ore price slipped 3.3%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$171m and outflows of A$18m from domestically domiciled ETFs.
Dec 06, 2017
Most major markets advanced last week as a risk-on tone returned. The S&P/ASX 200 ended the week up 0.5%, the S&P 500 gained 1.2%, the EURO STOXX 50 gained 0.2% and the Nikkei 225 added 1.6%. Asia and emerging markets returned to favour with four ETFs (IZZ, IBK, UBP and IAA) amongst the top performers for the week. The US dollar strengthened against most major currencies last week. The Australian dollar dropped below US 78c for the first time since July. The euro declined by 0.7%, while pound sterling fell by 2.5% as Brexit concerns and political uncertainty intensified. Precious metals were mixed last week, with gold declining 0.2% despite a rally towards the end of the week. WTI crude dropped back below US$50/bbl, while iron ore stabilised following sharp declines in September. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$52m and outflows of A$11m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) and a range of international equity funds (NDQ, ESTX, BNKS and ROBO).