Betashares Australian ETF Review: January 2023
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January 2023 Review: New Year, new all-time highs!
The year 2023 started with a bang for the Australian ETF industry, with the global sharemarket rebound and net investor inflows causing the industry to grow to a new all-time high in assets under management. 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): $138.5B – new all time high
- Market cap increase for month: 3.6%, $4.7B
- Market cap growth for last 12 months: 5.1%, $6.7B
Comment: The Industry’s AuM grew 3.6%, for a total monthly market cap increase of $4.7B. Industry assets under management ended the first month of the year at $138.5B, eclipsing the all-time record set back in December 2021.
- Net inflows for month: +$0.6B
Comment: The sharemarket rally contributed the bulk of industry growth this month, with only ~12% of the growth attributable to net flows (net new money), which amounted to $0.6B.
- 322 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX
- 3 new products launched this month 3 active ETFs and 2 new issuers on ASX: Milford launched an Australian hedge fund and Alphinity launched two global equity Active ETFs
- ASX ETF trading value increased 5.1% for the month, for a total of $7B
It was a dramatically positive month for performance in the crypto space which recorded a significant turnaround. As such our CRYP Crypto Innovators ETF was the best performer in the industry this month, returning ~48% for the month. Tech also rebounded heavily and so tech-focused exposures rallied – our IBUY Online Retail and E-Commerce ETF , for example, returning 15% for the month.
Top 5 category inflows (by $) – January 2023
|Broad Category||Inflow Value|
Top category outflows (by $) – January 2023
|Broad Category||Inflow Value|
Top sub-category inflows (by $) – January 2023
|International Equities – US||$100,372,366|
|US Equities – Short||$98,498,916|
Top sub-category outflows (by $) – January 2023
|Australian Equities – Sector||($62,074,626)|
|International Equities – Sector||($43,855,303)|
|Australian Equities – E&R – ESG Lite||($43,634,390)|
|International Equities – Europe||($39,199,886)|
Comment: As has been the case for the last few months, we once again saw the Fixed Income category receiving the highest level of inflows ($233m) followed by International equities ($169m), with investors this month shunning the usually popular Australian equities category which received net outflows of $38m. Notably, however, and notwithstanding the strong gains for the month, investors continued to buy Short exposures which received ~$150m of net inflows – potentially illustrating that investors believe the worst is not yet over for the sharemarkets.
Finally, this month we saw a notable, and rare, change at the top end of the ETF manager ‘league table: Betashares jumping a place to become the 2nd largest ETF manager in Australia ahead of iShares as at end January.
*Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.
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