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The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 1.5% last week, led lower by the big four banks, as the Liberal Party elected the country's sixth Prime Minister in the past 10 years. Financial sector ETFs (MVB, QFN and OZF) were the poorest performers for the week, all declining by more than 4%. Offshore, markets rallied on expected advances in trade negotiations. The S&P 500 added 0.9% as technology and energy stocks continued to push higher. The EURO STOXX 50 gained 1.6%, its first weekly gain in four weeks, while the Nikkei 225 added 1.5%. The U.S. dollar softened and Treasury yields fell as President Trump and Jerome Powell both spoke of a gradual pace to interest rate rises. The Australian dollar gained 0.2% to end the week at US73.29c. The euro gained 1.6% against the dollar. Commodities rebounded last week, with the broad Bloomberg Commodities Index up 0.4%. WTI Crude jumped by 4.3%. Precious metals also rose, with gold up 1.8% to US$1,205/ounce. ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was amongst the top performing funds for the week, returning 3.4%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $114m into and outflows of $21m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into BetaShares Australian Ex-20 Portfolio Diversifier ETF (EX20), with other notable inflows into AAA, WDMF, MVW and QUAL. The largest outflows were from BetaShares Dividend Harvester Fund (HVST) and BetaShares U.S. Dollar ETF (USD). ...
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Further volatility in the Turkish lira hit emerging markets last week. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index fell by 3.7%. China was hit particularly hard, with the Shanghai Composite down 4.5% for the week. European financials were sold on Turkey concerns, dragging the EURO STOXX 50 down 1.6%. The S&P 500 gained 0.6% as defensive sectors outperformed. The ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) was the top performing ETF for the week. Domestically, the S&P/ASX 200 added 1.0% as gains in financials offset losses in the resources sector. The Turkish lira regained some ground last week, rising by 6.8% following its 21% decline in the previous week. The U.S. dollar fell against most majors. The Australian dollar gained 0.15% to end the week at US71.13c. Commodities declined last week, with the broad Bloomberg Commodities Index down 1.1%. WTI Crude dropped by 2.5%. Precious metals also fell, with gold down 2.2% to US$1,1,84/ounce and silver down 3.3%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $93m into and outflows of $36m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ), VanEck Vectors Australian Floating Rate ETF (FLOT) and a range of international equity funds (QUAL, IHVV and IAA). The largest outflows were from BetaShares FTSE RAFI Australia 200 ETF (QOZ) and BetaShares U.S. Dollar ETF (USD). ...
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