We recently released our Half Yearly Australian ETF Review, where we reported that Australia’s exchange traded fund industry continued to soar to record levels in the first half of 2014, hitting a fresh record high market capitalisation of $11.6B as at end June 2014. Market capitalisation for the industry grew ~17% for the half, adding $1.7B to the industry. Over the last twelve months, the industry’s growth has been an impressive 52.7%, with market capitalisation growing $4.1B. Highlights of the report are set out below:
- ASX Exchange Traded Funds Market Cap: $11.6B – new record high
- Market cap growth for half year: 17.4%,+ $1.74B
- Market cap growth for last twelve months: 52.7%, +$4.1B
- New unit growth for half year (units outstanding by number): 19.1%
- Net new money (units outstanding by $ value): +$1.66B
Comment: The industry continued to reach new heights, with a very impressive 12 month growth rate of over 50%. As you will see from the above, virtually all the growth in the half derived from net inflows, investors continuing to support ETFs notwithstanding little price growth in the markets. The future of the industry looks rosy and we retain our end of 2014 forecast of an industry size of between $13-$15B, with expectations at the higher end of the range.
- 92 Exchange Traded Products trading on the ASX
- 3 new product launched in the half year
Comment: Product development activity continues to be low, with only 3 new products launching in the period. However, we do not expect this low activity to continue, and expect significant new launches in the second half.
- Trading value marginally decreased (-3%) compared to previous half year period
- Listed Property and Commodity exposures the best performing products for the half year
Top Inflows by Category
|International Equities – Developed||$489,654,185|
|Aus. High Yield||$353,119,426|
|Aus. Equities – Broad||$298,877,831|
Comment: Over the course of the half, investors were were particularly drawn to international equities, with ~$500m of net inflows into these products over the perioIn addition, high yield equities continued to be a major theme, attracting over $350m of net inflows. At a product level, income-oriented products were the most popular with BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) and BetaShares Equity Yield Maximiser Fund (YMAX) recording the #1 and #3 largest net inflows for the half. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) recorded the second highest level of inflows for the same period.
Top Outflows by Category
Comment: Total outflows for the period were muted, largely confined to a single style based ETF, Russell Australian Value ETF (RVL) and ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) as gold continued to be shunned by investors.