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BetaShares Australian ETF Review – January 2021

BY Ilan Israelstam | 17 February 2021
Australian ETF Review: January 2021

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And we’re off! The starter’s gun has been fired and 2021 is well underway. Here at BetaShares, we’re looking forward to seeing what the year will bring for the Australian ETF industry after what can only be described as a truly massive 2020. High flows pushed the Australian ETF industry to a new record high of $96.8B in January. Read on for more details, including best performers, asset flow categories and more.

Australian ETP Market Cap: July 2001 – January 2021

aus etp market cap_January 2021

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

Market cap

  • ASX Exchange Traded Product market cap: $96.8B1 – all-time end of month high
  • Market cap change for month: +1.7%, +$1.6B
  • Market cap growth for the last 12 months: +47%, + $30.8B

Comment: The high level of flows pushed the industry to $96.8B, another fresh record high. Industry growth over the last 12 months has been 47%, representing absolute growth of $30.8B over this period. 

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

New money

  • Net new money for month (units outstanding by % value): +$1.6B

Comment: As was the case for much of 2020, 100% of the growth this month was derived from net new money into the industry, with the global and Australian markets themselves rising only modestly.


  • 256 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX and Chi-X with no new product launches or closures.

Comment: No new products launched in January, but we are aware of a number in the pipeline for the remainder of the quarter.

Trading value

  • ASX ETF trading value down ~15% vs. the previous month.

Comment: Trading value dropped 15% month on month, which is unsurprising given the quiet time of the year and also the focus of a number of active traders on “Gamestonks”.


Top 5 category inflows (by $) – January 2021

Category   Inflow Value
International Equities $867,393,445
Australian Equities  $315,475,612
Fixed Income $239,392,841
Multi-Asset $116,577,387
Commodities $31,041,319

Comment: Equities were again the focus of the month, as was the case throughout much of 2020, with international equities once again being the most actively invested sector of the market ($870m of net flows). Outflows were limited, with no net outflows at a broad product level and rather specific outflows from Australian resources exposures as well as Crude Oil, with investors potentially taking profits as that commodity rose strongly over the month.

Australian ETF Flows by Asset Class - Rolling 12 Month January 2021

Source: Bloomberg, BetaShares.

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

Source: Bloomberg, BetaShares.

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

Sub-Category   Inflow Value
International Equities – Developed World $254,031,582
Australian Equities – Broad $232,728,535
International Equities – Sector $194,625,654
Australian Bonds $180,562,797
International Equities – US $174,838,417

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

Category   Outflow Value
Australian Equities – Sector ($15,189,633)
Oil ($11,949,224)
Silver ($1,575,275)



  1. Philip Healy  |  February 17, 2021

    Why the surge in International equities in November 2020?

    1. BetaShares Client Services  |  February 18, 2021

      Hi Philip,

      The large inflows to international equities in November of 2020 was due to the large conversion event by Magellan which immediately added ~$13B to the industry.

      BetaShares Client Services

  2. John Atkinson  |  February 17, 2021

    I’d like some comments on ESG next time please.
    Many Thanks

    1. BetaShares Client Services  |  March 8, 2021

      Hi John,

      Thanks for the feedback. Will keep this in mind for future reviews as and when it is relevant.

      BetaShares Client Services

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