BetaShares Australian ETF Review | January 2018 | BetaShares ETFs

BetaShares Australian ETF Review – January 2018

BY Ilan Israelstam | 14 February 2018
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NEW YEAR, NEW RECORD!

In what is typically a very quiet month for Australian markets, the ETF industry still managed to eke out a new record in terms of assets under management in the first month of 2018. Total industry FuM at the month end was $36.6B, a growth rate of 1.6% or monthly growth of ~$600m, with net new money accounting for ~75% of the growth, or $432m.

The largest flows this month by category were overwhelmingly in International Equities, with strong flows in broad market global products and Asian equities. One surprising element of flows this month vs. historical trends was the ~$40m of flows into Emerging Markets exposures, an ETF sector that has been far slower to develop to date.

Market cap

  • ASX Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap: $36.6B – New record high!
  • Market cap growth for month: +1.6%, +$590.6m
  • Market cap growth for the last 12 months: 44.9%, +$11.3B

New money

  • New unit growth for month (units outstanding by number): 0.9%
  • Net new money (units outstanding by $ value): +$432.5

Products

  • 226 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX
  • No new products launched this month

Trading value

  • Average trading value down 15% month on month

Performance

  • Geared exposure to U.S. Equities made ASX:GGUS the top performing fund, followed by funds providing Asian Equities exposure

Top 5 category inflows (by $) – January

Category                                                          Inflow Value
International Equities $ 290,859,443
Fixed Income $ 93,007,507
Australian Equities $ 15,503,804
Multi-Asset $ 12,294,879
Australian Listed Property $ 11,566,337

Top category outflows (by $) – January

Category                                                          Outflow Value
Commodities ($ 1,815,342)

Top sub-category inflows (by $) – January

Category                                                          Inflow Value
International Equities – Developed World $ 111,728,030
Australian Bonds $ 95,712,804
International Equities – Sector $ 45,120,261
International Equities – Emerging Markets $ 37,068,349
International Equities – Asia $ 36,549,897

Top sub-category outflows (by $) – January

Category                                                          Outflow Value
Australian Equities – Resources Sector ($ 53,290,768)
Australian Equities – Financials Sector ($ 31,791,494)
Australian Equities – Short ($ 4,197,270)
Global Bonds ($ 2,705,297)
Oil ($ 2,469,166)