Betashares Australian ETF Review: End of 2022 Review & Month of December 2022
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End of 2022 Review: A port in the storm in 2022
In a highly turbulent year in financial markets, the ETF industry continued to take in new money from investors, even as asset values declined, making it one of the few bright spots in a very hard year for the broader asset management industry. Read on for details, including best performers, asset flow categories and more.
Exchanged Traded Funds Market cap
- Australian Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap(ASX + CBOE): $133.7B
- Market cap growth (decline) for year: -2%, -$3.2B
Comment: In total the Australian ETF industry received $13.5B of net inflows, in a year where the unlisted funds industry sustained net outflows of -$26.8B, marking the worst year on record for Australian managed funds1. The ETF industry’s positive net flows were, however, not enough to combat the asset value declines caused by falling share and bond markets, and, as a result the industry itself fell in value by 2%.
- Net new money: +$13.5B – 42% year on year decrease v. 2021
Comment: As per above, net flows were very robust, particularly given the broader picture for funds management, amounting to $13.5B (42% lower than the net flow figure recorded in 2021, $23.2B, the highest net flows on record)
- 319 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX (vs 280 as at end 2021)
- New products: 52 new products launched in the year (vs. 33 in 2021), 13 products closed/matured – all time high number of products launched
Comment: In terms of product launches, and consistent with the prediction we made in our Year End report for 2021, it was the biggest year on record, with 52 new exchange traded funds launched on Australian exchanges in 2022 (v. 33 in 2021) and ‘net product growth’ of 39 funds. Similarly to last year, a large proportion of the new launches this year were Active ETFs (33% or 17 funds), with the majority of these launches being via the creation of traded classes of existing unlisted funds. We would expect 2023 to again bring a number of new products, albeit not another record-breaking year given the breadth of product range currently available on ASX/CBOE.
- Annual ASX trading value reached an all-time high (23% more compared to 2021) – with $117B of value traded on the ASX (v. $95B in 2021)
Given the declining market conditions, short leveraged US equity exposures were the best performers this year – for example our BBUS fund returned 45% for the year. Strong performance was also recorded in Global Energy and Australian Resources equity exposures given the popularity of these sectors in 2022.
Top 5 category inflows (by $) – December 2022
|Broad Category||Inflow Value|
Top category outflows (by $) – December 2022
|Broad Category||Inflow Value|
Top sub-category inflows (by $) – December 2022
|International Equities – US||$84,276,089|
|International Equities – E&R – Ethical||$71,604,997|
Top sub-category outflows (by $) – December 2022
|International Equities – Developed World||($90,785,404)|
|Australian Equities – Broad||($49,677,501)|
|US Equities – Short||($36,468,581)|
|Australian Equities – Sector||($20,359,806)|
Comment: Overall, the mix of flows by category shifted in 2022 vs. 2021, with global equity flows more muted than in previous years – investors seemingly concerned over the market volatility experienced by global sharemarkets. As such, it was the Australian Equities category that led flows. Fixed Income mounted a comeback vs. 2021, to become the 2nd most bought category of ETFs in 2022 with investors more willing to invest this asset class as yield rises began to taper off.
*Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.
Top 10 Products: End of year 2022
Top Performing Products – 2022
|Global X Ultra Short Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (ASX: SNAS)||79.5%|
|Betashares US Equities Strong Bear Currency Hedged (Hedge Fund) (ASX: BBUS)||45.0%|
|Betashares Global Energy Companies ETF – Currency Hedged (ASX: FUEL)||40.2%|
|Betashares S&P/ASX 200 Resources Sector ETF (ASX: QRE)||22.6%|
|SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resource Fund (ASX: OZR)||22.5%|
In terms of 2023, we believe that market conditions will continue to act as a hinderance to industry growth but expect net inflows to remain consistently positive and ultimately that the industry will return to a growth footing. As such, we forecast total industry FuM at end 2023 to exceed $150B in assets.
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