BetaShares Australian ETF Review | July 2018 | BetaShares ETFs

BetaShares Australian ETF Review – July 2018

BY Ilan Israelstam | 15 August 2018
Australian ETF Review - July 2018

Industry growth continues into new financial year 

The Australian ETF industry continued to grow in the month of July, and is now just shy of $40B, reaching a record high of $39.98B. The industry grew 2.1% in the month ($812m), approximately half of which came from new inflows ($409m) and the remainder from asset growth. Read on for details of the month in ETFs.

Market cap

  • ASX Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap: $39.98B – new record high
  • Market cap growth for month: 2.1%, + $812M
  • Market cap growth for the last 12 months: 33%, + $9.9B

New money

  • New unit growth for month (units outstanding by number): +1.0%
  • Net new money (units outstanding by $ value): +$409.0 M

Comment: Approximately half of the industry’s growth came from new inflows ($409m), the remainder from asset growth.


  • 231 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX

Comment: There was a pause in product development this month with no new ETFs launched, although we suspect that there will continue to be strong product growth for the remainder of 2018. 

Trading value

  • Trading value +15% on previous month


Top 5 category inflows (by $) – July 2018

Category    Inflow Value
International Equities $339,560,996
Fixed Income $85,855,358
Multi-Asset $23,525,862
Short $11,475,865
Commodities $7,112,224

As has been the case for each month this year so far, International Equities continued to be the largest category for inflows, and this month this category was the overwhelming winner, receiving almost 4x the amount of net inflows as the next best category, which, once again, was Fixed Income.

Top category outflows (by $) – July 2018

Category                                                      Outflow Value
Cash ($62,956,024)
Currency ($5,858,745)

Top sub-category inflows (by $) – July 2018

Category Inflow Value
International Equities – Developed World $184,529,919
Australian Equities – Broad $127,277,083
Australian Bonds $78,896,381
International Equities – Asia $50,922,927
International Equities – Sector $47,067,665

Comment: Breaking down the broad categories into sub-categories provides a more nuanced view on where the money flows went in the past month. For example, looking at sub-category inflows we see that after Developed World International Equities it was Australian Equities that received the highest level of inflows.

Top sub-category Outflows (by $) – July 2018

Category    Outflow Value
Australian Equities – Resources Sector ($120,391,372)
Cash ($62,956,024)
Currency ($5,858,745)
Australian Equities – Ethical ($5,852,790)
Australian Equities – Geared ($4,514,477)

There were net outflows in Australian resources exposures, with investors appearing to take profits after strong performance in this sector. US dollar investors also continued to take profits as the currency strengthened.