As an incredibly liquid investment product, exchange traded funds have been a very useful tool for many investors – both institutional and retail – during the recent market volatility.
Overall funds under management in exchange traded products fell during March, in line with the market (April data will be released later this week or early next week) but inflows rose and volume traded tripled over the month. Inflows were $339 million in March while volume traded in exchange traded products on the ASX was $17.8 billion, up from the $7.2 billion traded the previous month.
The below highlights the inflows and outflows into various asset classes with investors more interested in Australian equity than international equity or Australian fixed income in March. Global fixed income also experienced outflows.
The March data compares to February fund flows below.
Major ETF providers in Australia like BetaShares (with 54 products on the ASX) and ETF Securities (with 17) report they have had a strong February and March.
“We have actually been growing quite significantly over the past few months,” BetaShares chief executive officer Alex Vynokur said.
“The last few months have been the strongest ever…we are definitely not putting things on hold.”
And ETF Securities’ chief executive officer Kris Walesby said inflows into their ETFS FANG+ ETF, which invests in major US tech companies, rose to $10 million in a seven-week period off a base of just $1 million at launch.