US ETP inflows continue, averaging+$4.5bn per week YTD
Data in this report is as of Fri, Mar 15
Market and Net Cash Flows Review
Markets were mixed during last week. The US (S&P 500) edged higher by 0.61%; while, outside the US, the MSCI EAFE (in USD) rose by 1.86% and the MSCI EM (USD) dropped by 2.2%. Moving on to other asset classes, the 10Y US Treasury Yield dropped by 5 bps last week; while the DB Liquid Commodity Index was up by 0.76%. In the meantime, the Agriculture sector (DB Diversified Agriculture Index) and Silver prices pulled back by 0.10% and 0.76%, respectively; while the WTI Crude Oil and Gold prices rose by 1.63% and 0.83%, respectively. Last but not least, Volatility (VIX) dropped by 10.25% during the same period.
The total US ETP flows from all products registered $5.19bn (+0.4% of AUM) of inflows during last week vs. $6.04bn (+0.4%) of inflows the previous week, setting the YTD weekly flows average at +$4.5bn (+$49.5bn YTD in total cash flows).
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Economic data was light this week as was volume. This morning's mortgage number was down, but that came off the prior explosive move up in the number. Retail sales was a bigger beat than expected. We don't know how much of this is inflation-related. Last week's tick down in the unemployment number was a shot in the arm, but also caused some fear as this may trigger the Fed to pull back the punchbowl. We have another political-budget boondoggle ahead at the end of this month but the bulls are giving it a "ho-hum" as all the previous ones have had a miracle save in the 11th hour.
Commodities have become "collateral damage" in the Currency War. Historical correlations -especially to the value of the Dollar - have become skewed as other major world currencies, such as the Euro, Yen and British Pound have been massively devalued by their central banks. For the purpose of this article, we'll focus on the United States Oil Fund (USO). USO tracks the futures price of West Texas Intermediate Oil (WTI). This is the most critical oil tracking to the US economy because it is the basis of gasoline prices. Historical data shows that when the national average of gas prices hits $3.80/gal, it slows the economy and drags the stock market down. At $4.00/gal, the people start screaming and want to throw the politicians out of office. It would only stand to reason that it is in the best interest of the politicians to manipulate the price of US oil (up or down depending on the campaign). Lets first look at our historical correlation of the Dollar (.DXY) and WTI (USO).
Disclosure: The ETF Digest is long THD.
A benign outlook on inflation, cooling money supply growth, and resilient economic growth, suggest to us that the Bank of Thailand (BoT) will keep its policy rate on hold throughout 2013. Unless we see an uptick in core CPI over the coming months, which is currently well within the BoT's target range of 0.5-3.0%, we see limited scope for a surprise rate hike this year. Meanwhile, we expect policym......
Inflation At A Sweet Spot
Thailand - Headline & Core CPI, % chg y-o-y (LHS) & PPI, % chg y-o-y (RHS)
Source: BMI, Bank of Thailand
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