Betashares Australian ETF review – April 2021

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After breaking the $100B assets under management milestone in March, the Australian ETF industry has powered ahead in April, assisted by the ‘triple threat’: 1) strong sharemarket gains 2) higher than average net flows, and 3) another large unlisted fund conversion on Chi-X. Read on for more details, including best performers, asset flow categories and more.

Australian ETP Market Cap: August 2001 – April 2021

aus etp market cap_April 2021

CAGR: Compound Annual Growth Rate
Source: ASX, Chi-X, BetaShares. 

Market cap

  • ASX Exchange Traded Product market cap: $108.8B1 – all time end-of-month high
  • Market cap change for month: 5.8%, $5.9B
  • Market cap growth for the last 12 months: 78%, + $47.5B – fastest yearly growth ($ terms) on record

Comment: The high level of flows pushed the industry to $108.8B, another record high. Industry growth over the last 12 months has been 78%, representing absolute growth of $47.5B over this period – the highest $ value increase over 12 months in the industry’s history. 

1. Includes total FuM for ETFs trading on both ASX and Chi-X

New money

  • Net new money for month (units outstanding by $ value): +$1.9B

Comment: Total industry flows remained strong, with $1.9B of net new flows entering the industry this month – the highest month yet for 2021 (note: all time largest net flows were $2.7B in December 2020). ~32% of the growth this month derived from net new money into the industry, 44% from asset value appreciation and the remaining 24% from the conversion from unlisted form of Alliance Bernstein’s Managed Volatility Fund onto Chi-X.


  • 267 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX and Chi-X.

Comment: Two new products launched, including BHYB Australian Major Bank Hybrids Index ETF  and the unlisted fund conversion from Alliance Bernstein. There are now 29 issuers of either ETFs or Active ETFs in the market.

Trading value

  • ASX ETF trading value down ~8% vs. the previous month.

Comment: Monthly trading value remained high, albeit declining 8% month on month, but remaining at approximately the $7B mark.


Top 5 category inflows (by $) – April 2021

Category Inflow Value
International Equities $807,720,016
Australian Equities $433,020,315
Fixed Income $243,214,991
Cash $159,914,887
Multi-Asset $153,795,484

Comment: In a repeat of the pattern this year to date, global equities received the highest amount of flow. International equities received ~$800m of net flow, followed by Australian equities which received ~$430m. We also saw, for the first time this year, strong inflows into Cash exposures, which, on a relative basis, are still able to provide investors with meaningful pick-up on cash rates vs. at-call deposits.

Australian ETF Flows by Asset Class - Rolling 12 Month Apr 2021
Source: Bloomberg, BetaShares.

Australian ETF Flows by Asset Class - Last 4 Months - Apr 2021

Source: Bloomberg, BetaShares.


Top sub-category inflows (by $) – April 2021


Sub-Category Inflow Value
Australian Equities – Broad $388,800,656
International Equities – Developed World $348,743,519
Australian Bonds $182,736,714
Cash $159,914,887
Multi-Asset $153,795,484


Top sub-category outflows (by $) – April 2021


Sub-Category Outflow Value
Australian Equities – Large Cap ($8,373,082)
Oil ($4,205,278)
Australian Equities – Geared ($2,087,995)
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