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BetaShares Australian ETF Review: Year end 2015 Report

BY Ilan Israelstam | 21 January 2016

The exchange traded fund industry came of age during 2015, with continued investor adoption resulting in a number of records broken for funds under management, net inflows, trading activity and number of products launched.

The industry recorded its highest ever annual growth in 2015, with funds under management increasing $6.4 billion (up 42% on 2014) to end the year at a new record high of $21 billion.

In a year when most stock markets remained flat, or even fell, the Australian exchange traded fund industry showed resilience by maintaining steady and consistent net inflows, with almost all (94%) of the growth coming from net inflows. This represents a record of $6 billion in new money, an increase of 40% on the net inflows of 2014 ($4.3 billion).

Market Size & Growth

2015ETF review
  • ASX Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap: $21.4Bnew record high
  • Market cap growth for year: 42%,+$6.4B

New Money

  • New unit growth for year (units outstanding by number): 87%
  • Net new money (units outstanding by $ value): +$6.0B

Comment: The pace of growth in the industry is exemplified by comparing net inflow growth between the exchange traded fund industry and the unlisted retail managed funds industry. Net inflow growth was 44% for exchange traded funds vs. 6.6% into retail managed funds[1]


  • 169 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX
  • New products: 69 new products launched in the year (vs. 12 in 2014), 1 product closed – record number of new products launched

Trading Value

Trading value increased 61% compared to 2014 – record trading year for exchange traded funds


Japanese equities and global sectors (consumer staples and health care), the best performing products over 2015

Top 5 category inflows (by $) – 2015

Category   Inflow Value
Aus. Equities – Broad $1,742,610,546
International Equities – Developed $1,703,072,248
International Equities – Global $735,808,764
Aus. High Yield $570,709,073
Aus. Equities – Large Cap $325,665,468

Comment: Consistently, as with previous years, the vast majority of the industry’s net inflows were captured by the top 4 ranking issuers by net inflows, with iShares, Vanguard, State Street and BetaShares attracting 85% of the industry’s net flows.

Top category outflows (by $) – 2015

Comment: Strikingly, there were no outflows at a category level, with any outflows at a product level negated by inflows by other products in the same category

While 2015 was an impressive year of growth and opportunity for the Australian exchange traded fund industry, we believe 2016 has even more potential. We believe the industry will continue to grow strongly – and forecast total industry FuM at end 2016 to be in the range of $28-$30B

Stay with us to find out!

 [1] Plan for Life, Inflows for 12 months to end of September Quarter 2015 – Retail Managed Funds Industry


  1. Colleen  |  January 27, 2016

    Sorry, but I just closed my NDQ=NASDAQ ETF & made a good Profit but it has been falling considerably though I may ENTER again when things settle down, thanks, C. Juni C.

    1. BetaShares  |  February 28, 2016

      Not a problem – glad it worked out for you.

  2. Peter  |  January 30, 2016

    Nice photo. From the movie Stand By Me isn’t it?

    1. BetaShares  |  February 29, 2016

      It is indeed Peter, well spotted!

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