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 Code||ETF Name||1 Year Total Return|
|ETPMPD||ETFS Physical Palladium||52.4%|
|MVA||VanEck Vectors Australian Property ETF||33.9%|
|QRE||BetaShares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF||27.9%|
|OZR||SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resource Fund||27.3%|
|VAP||Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF||26.2%|
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*Excluding leveraged ETFs