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Global Infrastructure: Designed for Retirees

Oct 07, 2018

Key Takeaways: • Infrastructure assets are considered by many advisers as ideal for retirees • CORE gives a cost effective, diversified and international exposure to this sector • CORE has outperformed many active funds over the past year, debunking the myth that active is always best in this sector

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 28 September 2018

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Oct 02, 2018

This week's highlights The S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2% last week as gains in energy and resources sectors offset declines in financials. Offshore the S&P 500 dropped 0.5% with financials underperforming following the Fed's 0.25% rate hike. BetaShares Global Banks ETF (Hedged) (BNKS) was the poorest performing ETF for the week, falling 2.8%. The EURO STOXX 50 fell 0.9% as Italy came under pressure. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 1.1%, hitting levels not seen since 1991. Technology-biased funds (HACK and NDQ) were the top performing equity funds for the week. The U.S. dollar strengthened last week following the Fed action; the Australian dollar fell 0.9% to US72.24c, the euro fell 1.2%, while the yen fell 1.0%. Commodities generally strengthened with the broad Bloomberg Commodities Index gaining 1.0%. WTI crude added 3.5% for the week, while gold ended the week lower at US$1,191/ounce. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was the top performing ETF for the week, followed by BetaShares Crude Oil Index ETF (OOO). The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $192m into and outflows of $38m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into global equity ETFs (IHWL and IWLD) and fixed income ETFs (CRED and QPON). The largest outflows were from BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 21 September 2018

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Sep 25, 2018

This week's highlights The S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5% last week, attributable to the resources sector. Offshore developed markets gained, the S&P 500 was up again by 0.9%, while the EURO STOXX 50 gained 2.6%. Japan's Nikkei 225 also gained 3.4%. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) had another strong week returning 4.3%, whilst the VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC A-Share ETF (CETF) was the best performing, with a return of 4.4% for the week.  The U.S. dollar weakened last week. The Australian dollar gained 1.9% to reach US72.9c. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields increased by 7 basis points.  Commodities were up. Gold ended the week at US$1,200/ounce, while Silver gained 1.7%. WTI crude gained 2.6% to US$70.78/bbl. The Bloomberg Commodities Industrial Metals Index also gained, up 2.36%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $113m into and outflows of $29m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into equity ETFs including MVW, STW, FAIR and MVR. Outflows were spread across a range of different exposures.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 14 September 2018

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Sep 18, 2018

The S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.4% last week, with resources stocks bouncing back. Offshore developed markets gained, the S&P 500 was up by 1.2%, while the EURO STOXX 50 gained 1.6%. Japan's Nikkei 225 also gained 3.5%. ETFS Physical Platinum (ETPMPT) had another strong week returning 3.2%, whilst the Betashares WisdomTree Japan ETF was the best performing, with a return of 3.5% for the week. Asian stock markets have had a mixed year, with Chinese equities continuing to struggle compared to Japan and Taiwan (see Chart of the Week). The U.S. dollar weakened last week. Currency pressure continues in emerging markets including Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Russia and South Africa. The Australian dollar gained 0.7% to reach US71.53c, after hitting a two year low a week earlier. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields increased by 6 basis points. Commodities were mixed. Gold ended the week marginally lower at US$1,195/ounce, while Silver fell 0.8%. WTI crude gained 1.8% to US$68.99/bbl. The Bloomberg Commodities Industrial Metals index fell 0.2%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $118m into and outflows of $22m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into cash ETFs (BILL, AAA and ISEC) and domestic funds (MVW and IOZ). Outflows were spread across a range of different exposures.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 7 September 2018

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Sep 11, 2018

The S&P/ASX 200 fell 2.8% last week, the RBA kept rates on hold and market futures are pointing towards a flat period ahead. Offshore the sea of red continued, the S&P 500 fell by 1.0% led by technology stocks, while the EURO STOXX 50 dropped 2.9%. Asian stocks, also fell by 2.4%. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) and BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear (BBOZ) both had a strong week, returning 5.5% and 7.0% respectively. The U.S. dollar strengthened last week on rising global uncertainty in emerging markets. Currency pressure continuing to grow in emerging markets. Argentina, Turkey, Brazil, Russia and South Africa all continuing to drop. The Australian dollar fell 1.1% to US71.07c, its new lowest level since late-2016. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields increased by 8 basis points. Commodities were mixed. Gold ended the week marginally lower at US$1,197/ounce, while Silver slumped 2.5%. WTI crude fell 2.9% to US$67.75/bbl. The Bloomberg Commodities Industrial Metals subindex fell 1.4%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $116m into and outflows of $18m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into equity ETFs (STW and NDQ) and domestic funds (MVW, QPO and HBRD). Outflows were spread across a range of different exposures. ETF Securities has launched ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC), which provides exposure to developers of battery storage technology and lithium miners. Trading on the ASX commenced on 3rd September.

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 31 August 2018

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Sep 04, 2018

The S&P/ASX 200 added 1.2% last week, led higher by financial and mining stocks as the market digested the change of leadership and cabinet reshuffle. Offshore, the S&P 500 gained 0.9%, while the EURO STOXX 50 dropped 1.0%. Emerging markets underperformed, with Argentina joining Turkey as a country of focus. Asian stocks, however, performed strongly with ITW, IKO and IJP all amongst the top performing ETFs for the week. ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ROBO) also had a strong week, returning 4.4%. The U.S. dollar strengthened last week on rising global uncertainty and higher rate expectations following the release of the latest FOMC minutes. The Australian dollar fell 1.9% to US71.89c, its lowest level since late-2016. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields increased by 5 basis points. Commodities were mixed. Gold ended the week marginally lower at US$1,204/ounce, while palladium jumped 4.9%. WTI crude gained 1.6% to US$69.80/bbl. The Bloomberg Commodities Industrial Metals subindex fell 1.7% and copper hit a 12-month low on emerging market concerns and the stronger U.S. dollar. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $116m into and outflows of $18m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into cash ETFs (AAA and BILL) and domestics equity funds (MVW, A200 and KSM). Outflows were spread across a range of different exposures. ETF Securities has launched ETFS Battery Tech & Lithium ETF (ACDC), which provides exposure to developers of battery storage technology and lithium miners. Trading on the ASX commenced on 3rd September.

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