BetaShares Australian ETF Review – August 2017

BY Ilan Israelstam | 12 September 2017

Onwards and upwards!

The Australian ETF industry recorded another strong month of growth, with the industry rising to a fresh record high in August. Total industry FuM at the month end was $30.9B, which is a growth of 2.2% ($842m) for the month. While asset appreciation aided industry growth, the majority (75%) of the month’s growth came from net new money. Unlike most of the year so far, which has seen strong inflows into Australian equities, the category with the highest level of inflows this month was global equities, which received net inflows of $350m.

Market Size & Growth

ETF Review August 2017

Market cap

  • ASX Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap: $30.9B– new record high
  • Market cap growth for year: +2.8%, +$842.2B

New money

  • New unit growth for year (units outstanding by number): 2.1%
  • Net new money (units outstanding by $ value): +$724.5B


  • 212 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX
  • No new products launched, and no products closed.

Trading value

  • Trading value up 6% month on month


  • Gold Mining ETFs were the best performing funds this month, followed by Resources ETFs.

Comments: With continued macro-environmental instability gold exposures performed strongly this month with gold miners ETFs providing investors with the best performance for the month of August.

Top 5 category inflows (by $) – August

Category                                                          Inflow Value
International Equities $ 346,877,883
Fixed Income $ 150,236,790
Australian Listed Property $  59,519,542
Cash $  49,259,945
Currency $  24,887,346

Top category outflows (by $) – August

Category                                                          Outflow Value
Australian Equities ($ 16,138,097)

Top sub-category inflows (by $) – August

Category                                                          Inflow Value
International Equities – Developed World $ 152,943,076
Australian Bonds $ 113,635,819
Australian Listed Property $  59,519,542
International Equities – Europe $  50,993,730
Cash $  49,259,945

Top sub-category outflows (by $) – August

Category                                                                  Outflow Value
Australian Equities – Broad ($ 91,341,555)
Australian Equities – Short ($ 1,630,045)
Oil ($ 1,025,078)



  1. Peter Golding  |  September 13, 2017

    I am an investor with HVST.
    Where am I able to see the updates on this fund please

    1. Ele de Vere  |  September 15, 2017

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for your message. We publish daily updates relating to HVST on the HVST product page, and monthly fund commentary under the Adviser section of our website

      If you have any further queries please contact us directly on 1300 487 577.

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