Market Moves: Week Ending 8 March 2024

  • Crypto ETFs (EBTC, EETH) were the best performers last week as Bitcoin surged passed US$70,000 to new all-time highs on positive sentiment and US ETF demand. Bitcoin investors have also begun to gear up for the impending supply crunch of the ‘halving’ event estimated to be due in April.1
  • Gold and gold mining ETFs (GDX, GLDN, NUGG, QAU) also outperformed as gold hit an all-time high of ~US$2200 on improved rate-cut odds after weak US employment data.2 Central bank purchases have also been a driver of the rally – the People’s Bank of China now owns 2200 tonnes of the precious metal after almost two years of continuous accumulation.3
  • Big tech ETFs (FANG, HYGG) were the poorest performers of the week. Investors appear to be taking some profits after a blistering rally saw companies such as Nvidia climb almost 75% year-to-date.4
  • There were $554.1 million in reported inflows for the shortened week and $183.1 million in outflows, marking a week of net inflows for the Australian ETF industry.

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