Aug 11, 2017
Global equities sold off and safe-haven assets rallied last week as tensions between the US and North Korea escalated. The S&P/ASX 200 fell by 0.5%, the S&P 500 dropped 1.4% and the EURO STOXX 50 lost 2.9%. The top performing equity ETFs for the week were both from the gold mining sector (GDX and MNRS), often seen as a leveraged play on the price of gold. The VIX reached its highest levels for 2017 to-date. The Australian dollar fell back below US 79c, trading as low as US 78.39c on Friday. Safe-haven currencies performed strongly, with the Swiss franc up 1.2% against the US dollar and the Japanese yen climbing 1.4%. US 10 year Treasury yields fell by 7 basis points. Gold jumped by 2.4% and silver by 5.2%, with other precious metals following suit. WTI crude declined by 1.5%.
Jul 28, 2017
The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 0.4% and the S&P 500 ended the week flat, while the EURO STOXX 50 gained 0.4% for the week. iShares Global Telecom ETF (IXP) was the top performing equity fund for the week. The US dollar continued to decline, with the Australian dollar gaining 0.9% to trade above US 80c for the first time in 25 months. The euro gained 0.8%, while the yen added 0.4%. Commodities posted a strong week with gold up 1.3%, silver up 0.8% and palladium gaining 2.7%. WTI Crude jumped 8.6% to approach the US$ 50/bbl mark. BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF (OOO), BetaShares Commodities Basket ETF (QCB) and ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) were all amongst the top performing funds for the week. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$58m and outflows of A$14m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week.
Jul 21, 2017
The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 0.7% as more hawkish statements from RBA saw the market dip on Tuesday. The S&P 500 gained 0.5%, also led by shifting rate expectations. The EURO STOXX 50 lost 2.1% for the week. BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF (MNRS) was the top performing equity fund for the week as the market continued to turn positive for precious metals. The Australian dollar gained another 1.1% against the US dollar last week. The euro gained 1.7% and the yen also gained 1.2% as the US dollar fell on lower interest rate expectations and potential delays to Trump's policy agenda. Commodities posted a strong week with gold up 1.5% and silver jumping 4.6%. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was the top performing fund for the week. Iron ore also rallied on higher than expected Chinese growth. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$196m and outflows of A$141m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest flows for the week were in the cash sector with inflows into BILL and QPON and outflows from AAA.
Jul 14, 2017
Global equities rallied last week following Janet Yellen's comments suggesting that the pace of rate normalisation will be more gradual than some had anticipated. The S&P/ASX 200 added 1.1%, the S&P 500 rose 1.4%, the EURO STOXX 50 gained 1.8%, while the MSCI Emerging Markets Index jumped 4.5%. iShares MSCI BRIC ETF (IBK) was the top performing unleveraged equity ETF for the week, returning 2.3% in Australian dollar terms. The Australian dollar gained over 3% on general US dollar weakness and higher commodity prices. The euro gained 0.6% and the pound added 1.6% against the US dollar. The Japanese yen also strengthened by 1.2%. 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%. Commodities rebounded with WTI crude oil up 5.2% and iron ore up 4.7%. Lower rate expectations also provided positive news for precious metals with gold rising by 1.2% for the week, its best weekly performance in two months. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$84m and outflows of A$67m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week.
Jun 30, 2017
Global equities declined last week as monetary policy expectations were re-aligned following hawkish comments from central bankers across the globe. The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 1.7% on Friday to end the week up 0.1%, following an earlier rally in commodities. The S&P 500 declined 0.6%, while the EURO STOXX 50 dropped 2.9% as European inflation disappointed. Resource sector ETFs (QRE and OZR) were the top performing equity funds for the week, while gold miners (MNRS and GDX) were amongst the poorest performers. The Australian dollar ended the week close to 3 month highs, nearing US 77c on general US dollar weakness. The euro gained 2.1% against the US dollar as the ECB hinted at tighter monetary policy. Global bonds sold off, with US 10 year Treasury yields up 0.16% and Australian 10 year government bond yields up 0.23%. WTI crude rebounded 7%, while iron ore gained 14.5%, sending resource stocks higher. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$116m and outflows of A$58m from domestically domiciled ETFs.