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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 19 October 2018

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Oct 23, 2018

This week's highlights Global equity markets stabilised last week. The S&P 500 ended the week flat, while the EURO STOXX 50 rose 0.5% and the Nikkei 225 fell 0.7%. Defensive sectors outperformed, with ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ZYUS) being amongst the top performers. Global infrastructure funds were the top performers with MICH and GLIN returning 2.2% for the week. Domestically, the S&P/ASX 200 ended the week 0.7% higher. Real estate was the top performing domestic sector, with MVA, SLF and VAP all amongst the week's top ETFs. The Australian dollar ended the week slightly higher at US71.19c, while the U.S. dollar gained against both the euro and yen. In fixed income, U.S. 10-year Treasury yields rose 3bps and Italian government bonds sold off sharply as the budget conflict between the populist Italian government and the EU escalated. Gold gained 0.7% to US$1,216/ounce, its third consecutive weekly gain. WTI crude fell 3.1% to US$69.12/bbl. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $179m into and outflows of $77m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into domestic equity ETFs (A200, IOZ, MVW and STW). The largest outflows were from bearish Australian equities (BBOZ) and U.S equity and cash ETFs (IJR, USD and NDQ).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 12 October 2018

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Oct 16, 2018

This week's highlights The global equity selloff picked-up pace last week as U.S. 10-year Treasury yields rose above 3.2% and U.S.-China trade conflict continued to concern investors. The S&P/ASX 200 fell 4.7%, its biggest weekly decline since early 2016. The S&P 500 fell 4.1%, led lower by the cyclical technology, financial and industrial sectors. The EURO STOXX 50 fell 4.5%, while the Nikkei 225 dropped 4.6%. Bearish equity funds (BBOZ, BBUS and BEAR) were the top performers for the week, along with gold mining ETFs, with MNRS and GDX returning 6.2% and 5.2% respectively. Global robotics and AI funds (ROBO and RBTZ) were amongst the poorest performers. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields hit a new 7-year high above 3.25% before pulling back to end the week at 3.16%. The U.S. dollar pulled-back. The Australian dollar ended the week at US71.14c. Gold rallied 1.1% to US$1,217/ounce on safe-haven buying and is now more than 4.2% above its August lows. WTI crude fell 4.0% to US$71.34/bbl. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $215m into and outflows of $47m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into domestic cash and equity ETFs (AAA, STW and IOZ). The largest outflows were from U.S dollar and U.S. equity ETFs (USD, IVV and IJR).

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Weekly ETF Monitor for week ending 5 October 2018

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Oct 08, 2018

The S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.4% last week as real estate and industrials declined. Offshore the S&P 500 dropped 1.0% as the technology sector fell. The EURO STOXX 50 fell 1.6%. Japan's Nikkei 225 was also down 1.4%. The U.S. dollar strengthened last week following the Fed action; the Australian dollar fell 2.4% to US70.52c, the euro fell 1.7%, while the yen fell 2.4%. The BetaShares Strong Australian Dollar Hedge Fund (AUDS) was the poorest performing ETF for the week, falling 6.0%. Betashares Strong US Dollar Hedge Fund ETF (YANK) was the top performing fund for the week with a return of 5%. Commodities strengthened with the broad Bloomberg Commodities Index gaining 2.0%. WTI crude added 1.5% for the week, while gold ended the week higher at US$1,204/ounce. ETFS Physical Silver ETF (ETPMAG) was the top performing commodity ETF for the week, followed by ETFS Physical Gold ETF (GOLD) returning 4.8% and 3.9% respectively. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of $118m into and outflows of $44m from domestically domiciled funds last week. The largest inflows were into domestic equity and cash ETFs (MVW and AAA) and fixed income ETF (RCB). The largest outflows were from BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200).

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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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