Betashares Australian ETF Review: November 2023

November 2023 Review: The Australian ETF industry grew rapidly in the month of November driven by the ‘triple threat’ of large Unlisted-to-Active ETF conversions, asset value appreciation and strong net inflows

In a very significant month for the industry, assets grew 13.1% month-on-month, for a total monthly market cap increase of $19.6B, with the industry reaching a new all-time high of $169.7B

At least $10B (50%) of the growth this month came from conversions of existing unlisted active funds into Active ETFs as several new issuers joined the industry. Strong asset value appreciation, particularly in global equities exposures, and net inflows contributed the remainder of the growth.

Exchanged Traded Funds Market Cap

  • Australian Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap (ASX + CBOE): $169.7B – New all-time high
  • ASX CHESS Market Cap: $144.2B1
  • Market Cap increase for month: 13.1%, $19.6B
  • Market cap growth for last 12 months: 24.7%, $33.6B

New Money

  • Net inflows for month: $2.1B – 2nd highest net flows for 2023 to date

Products

  • 364 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX & CBOE
  • It was an exceedingly busy month in product development with more ETFs launched in November 2023 than in any month before. In total 15 new funds were launched, including an initial suite of Active ETFs from Dimensional and Macquarie Funds Group, who joined the Australian ETF industry. On the passive front, a new low-cost physical gold ETF was launched by iShares, and some additional currency-hedged products were launched by Van Eck. We launched an Australian first global cash-flow oriented product, Betashares Global Cash Flow Kings (ASX: CFLO) as well an income oriented Betashares Australian Cash Plus Fund (ASX: MMKT)

Trading Value

  • Trading value rose by 7% in November, with ASX trading value of ~$11B for the month

Performance

  • We saw growth-oriented global equity exposures outperform in November, with geared U.S. equities funds taking the top spot for performance (~24% monthly performance), followed by technology oriented thematics including Payments (17%) and Crypto Equities (16%).

Source: ASX, CBOE

Top category inflows (by $) – November 2023

Broad Category Inflow Value
International Equities $955,112,779
Australian Equities $589,093,857
Fixed Income $408,421,387
Cash $102,141,200
Listed Property $49,001,966

 

Comment: In a meaningful departure from the trend observed throughout 2023, strong performance and reduced concerns over meaningful future interest rate rises led global equities exposures to be the most popular category for investors in November, with ~$955m of net inflows (45% of total net flows for the month). Australian Equities were the second most popular category recording ~$600m of net inflows.

 

Top sub-category inflows (by $) – November 2023

 

Sub-category Inflow Value
International Equities – Developed World $568,923,892
Australian Equities – Broad $362,881,112
International Equities – US $315,488,506
Global Bonds $195,626,386
Australian Bonds $188,769,618

 

Source: ASX, CBOE

Top category outflows (by $) – November 2023

Broad Category Inflow Value
Commodities ($21,346,802)
Currency ($5,729,969)

 

 

Top sub-category outflows (by $) – November 2023

Sub-Category Inflow Value
International Equities – Europe ($50,032,864)
International Equities – E&R – Ethical ($20,933,926)
Australian Equities – Short ($18,852,660)
Gold ($17,817,403)
Australian Equities – E&R – ESG Lite ($12,120,715)

*Past performance is not an indicator of future performance.

1. Since February 2023, the ASX started reporting additional data on a CHESS-only basis. The primary use of such data is that it excludes, amongst other things, the FuM and Flows in ‘dual class’ Active ETFs and potentially provide a more accurate picture of exchange traded activity.

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