2019 ETF Research Report, ETF Market Update

Best performing ETFs for 2019

The Top 5 ETF Performers who had the best returns over the past year.

The ETFS Physical Palladium (ETPMPD) was the best performing ETF over the last year. It is an Exchange Traded Commodity (ETC) and tracks the performance of the price of Palladium.

This metal is used in a range of activities such as an auto catalysts for automobiles (to reduce carbon emissions), dental fillings, and jewelry. ETPMPD returned 52.4% over the last year as the demand for this precious metal continues to grow. ETPMPD has returned 20% p.a. since 2008.



Resources was a strong performing sector as iron ore prices lifted on the back of supply constraints and strong demand from China. The BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (QRE) and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resource Fund (OZR) were up nearly 28% for the year.

Property ETFs posted double digit returns due to falling interest rates and investors preference for bond-proxy like defensive sectors paying strong dividend yields.

The VanEck Vectors Australian Property ETF (MVA) returned 34% whilst Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF (VAP) returned 26%. The difference is likely due to the higher concentration MVA has to office/industrial shares which have outperformed retail property shares.

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Top sector performers in Australia were Resources (+27%), A-REITS (+26%), IT (+26%) and Healthcare (+18%).

Top 5 ETF performers (as of March 2019)*

ASX CodeETF Name1 Year Total Return
ETPMPDETFS Physical Palladium52.4%
MVAVanEck Vectors Australian Property ETF33.9%
QREBetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF 27.9%
OZRSPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resource Fund 27.3%
VAPVanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF26.2%

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*Excluding leveraged ETFs


Investment Associate

Marc has over 5 years experience in the financials services industry having previously worked for Morgan Stanley, AMP and KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance/Accounting) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and has completed his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1.

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