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In the final ETFS Weekly Market Monitor for 2017 we look back at the best and worst performers for the year-to-date. Non-Japan Asia was the standout segment within equity markets, with UBP, IKO and IAA all returning in excess of 30% so far this year. The poorest performers included a range of bearish products (BBUS and BBOZ), which underperformed in a strong risk-on environment. Within the domestic equity space, small- and mid-cap funds outperformed, with MVE and SSO being the top performers, while HVST was the poorest performer. High yield plays provided the best returns in the fixed income arena, with IHEB returning 9.9%, followed by IHYY, which returned 6.4%. Within currency funds, euro (EEU) has been the best performer in 2017 returning 5.1%, while US dollar (USD and ZUSD) lagged, down over 5%. Palladium was the top commodity performer, with ETPMPD returning 43.3%. Agriculture was the poorest performing sector, with QAG declining 13.4%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$95m and outflows of A$27m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. The largest inflows were into ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF (ESTX), while the largest outflows were from BetaShares Australian Dividend Harvester Funds (HVST). ...
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The risk-off theme continued into last week with uncertainty around the US government debt ceiling negotiations, Hurricane Irma and North Korea. The S&P/ASX 200 declined by 0.9% last week, the S&P 500 lost 0.6% and the Nikkei 225 dropped 2.1%, while the EURO STOXX 50 posted a modest gain. Domestic resource sector ETFs (MVR and QRE) were the top performing equity funds for the week. The US dollar weakened against most major currencies, with US Treasury yields registering their lowest levels for the year-to-date. The Australian dollar gained over 1%, ending the week at US80.6c. The euro gained 1.5% and the yen jumped 2.2% against the US dollar. Precious metals made strong gains last week, with gold up 1.6% and silver up 1.4%. ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) was the top performing fund for the week, returning 2.9%. WTI Crude posted its first positive week since July, while Iron ore declined by 5.8%. The Australian ETF market saw inflows of A$71m and outflows of A$12m from domestically domiciled ETFs last week. Inflows were mainly into cash and fixed income funds (AAA and QPON), while outflows were from BetaShares Australian Dividend Harvester Fund (HVST). ...