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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 20 October 2017

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Oct 20, 2017

The S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.6% last week, trading above 5,900 for the first time since May. The S&P 500 added 0.9%, while the Nikkei 225 gained 1.4% ahead of Shinzo Abe's convincing election victory. ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF (TECH) was the top performing unleveraged ETF for the week, returning 2.5%. VanEck Vectors S&P/ASX MidCap ETF (MVE) was the top performing unleveraged domestic equity fund, returning 2.1%. The US dollar gained against most major currencies last week. The Australian dollar declined 0.9% to end the week at US 78.17c. The euro dropped 0.3% and the Japanese yen lost 1.5%. Commodities pulled back last week with gold down 1.8% and silver down 2.2%. Palladium declined 1.6%, but ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) continues to be the best performing fund on both a year-to-date and 12-month basis. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$72m and outflows of A$6m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into a range of cash and fixed income funds (AAA, IAF, PLUS, BILL and QPON).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 13 October 2017

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Oct 13, 2017

The S&P/ASX 200 advanced strongly last week, adding 1.8%. Eurozone industrial production continued to exceed expectations, pushing the EURO STOXX 50 marginally higher despite some uncertainty from the Catalonian independence claim. The S&P 500 gained 0.2%, while the Nikkei 225 added 2.2% ahead of this week's election. The US dollar pulled back against most major currencies last week after the Fed Reserve's September minutes showed some divided opinions on monetary policy over the coming months. The Australian dollar climbed 1.8% to end the week at US 78.87c. The euro added by 0.8% and the Japanese yen gained 0.7%. Commodities also performed strongly last week with WTI crude up 4.4% and all four precious metals advancing. Palladium was the big mover gaining 7.4% for the week. BetaShares Crude Oil ETF (OOO) and ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) were the two best performing ETFs last week. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$147m and outflows of A$38m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW), a range of cash and fixed income funds (AAA, QPON, FLOT, PLUS, IHHY and IHCB) and ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 22 September 2017

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Sep 22, 2017

Monetary policy was in the spotlight last week, with the US Fed announcing plans to begin winding down it's balance sheet. The S&P 500 dropped on the news, but finished the week slightly up. Elsewhere, the EURO STOXX 50 added 0.7% on strong PMI figures in the lead up to the weekend's German election. The Nikkei 225 gained 1.9%. Domestically, the S&P/ASX 200 declined by 0.2%. Global sector plays (BNKS, FUEL and IXP) and US small caps (IJR and IRU) were the top performing ETFs for the week. The US dollar strengthened against most major currencies. The Australian dollar pulled back 0.5% to below US 80c. Precious metals retreated further, with gold down 1.7% and silver down 3.4%. Iron ore dropped by 11.9% on Chinese demand concerns. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$99m and outflows of A$13m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) and iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) as well as cash and floating rate income funds (AAA, QPON and FLOT). ETF Securities launched ETFS Global Core Infrastructure ETF (CORE).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 15 September 2017

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Sep 15, 2017

The S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% last week as mining and resource stocks dragged on the local market. Offshore, global stocks hit new highs with the S&P 500 up 1.6%, the EURO STOXX 50 adding 2.0% and the Nikkei 225 up by 3.3% despite continued North Korean aggression. BetaShares WisdomTree Japan ETF (HJPN) was the top performing equity ETF for the week, returning 3.9%. The US dollar strengthened against most major currencies and US Treasury yields rose sharply. The Australian dollar pulled back 0.7% to US 80c, while the euro declined by a similar amount. The Japanese yen dropped 2.8% against the US dollar. Pound sterling gained 3.0% against the US dollar. Precious metals retreated last week, with gold down 2.0% and silver down 2.1%. WTI Crude added 5.1%, trading above US$50/bbl for the first time since July. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$76m and outflows of A$10m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into cash and fixed income funds (PLUS and BILL) with a range of equity funds also attracting inflows. ETF Securities launched ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO), Australia's first specialist robotics, automation and AI ETF.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 18 August 2017

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Aug 18, 2017

Tensions between the US and North Korea eased last week, proving positive for risk assets. The S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.0% and the EURO STOXX 50 added 1.2%. The S&P 500 declined by 0.7% as Fed minutes showed a divided outlook for inflation. The top performing equity ETFs for the week were Australian property funds with MVA and VAP returning 2.7% and 2.3% respectively. The Australian dollar strengthened above US 79c, trading as high as US 79.63c on Thursday. The euro strengthened by over 1% against the US dollar as the ECB expressed concern over the strength of the currency. Gold and silver declined as safe haven assets gave up some of the previous week's gains. Palladium posted a new 16-year high on rising demand from the auto sector and supply concerns. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was the top performing fund for the week returning 3.3%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$110m and outflows of A$32m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were mainly across defensive assets such as US dollar cash (USD), gold (GOLD) and fixed income (PLUS, IAF and AAA). Outflows were mainly from domestic equity funds (ZOZI and HVST).

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