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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%. ...
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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. ...