Each month, BetaShares, a leading Australian ETF provider that currently manages more than $8 billion in assets, releases an ETF review documenting the growth of Australian ETFs.
The ETF review for July was released this morning and it shows that Australian ETFs had a record-breaking month. Is now the time to buy?
Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are investment funds that are listed on a securities exchange and provide exposure to a range of shares or assets with a single purchase. ETFs can be ‘managed funds’ or ‘index funds’, or in other words, active or passive.
What Happened In July?
In July, records were broken for total funds under management (FUM), monthly FUM growth, annual FUM growth, monthly net flows and value of monthly trading.
Australian ETFs saw growth in market capitalisation of 4.7% during July to reach a new record of $53.3 billion. From July 2001 to July 2019, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of Australian ETF FUM is now 46% per year.
In terms of categories, the highest inflows of funds were in international equities, fixed income and Australian equities.
Uncertainty in the Australian economy and low interest rates seem to be pushing investors overseas and into fixed-income investments. Only a few months ago in May, Australian equities received the highest inflows ($257 million) followed by fixed income ($253 million).
Fast forward to July and inflows into Australian equities have fallen to $248 million, while fixed income inflows were nearly $405 million and international equities were $432 million.
What Does This Mean For You?
I’m not necessarily suggesting you start putting money into AAA, A200 or international equities. Personally, I like to treat the monthly ETF review as a way of seeing what other investors are thinking.
The amount of money flowing into international equities or fixed interest can sometimes be a good indicator of how confident investors are right now with the Australian market.
Last week, we released a new blog post identifying three of the best Australian share ETFs.
Disclosure: At the time of writing, Max holds shares in ASX: A200.