The Australian exchange traded product (ETP) industry saw record net flows of $1.62 billion in September and the industry grew 33% to $55.9 billion over the 12 months, according to VanEck ETF IQ Scorecard.
Further to that, the expectation was that the market was going to see a record year and was likely to reach $60 billion by the end of December as it had already surpassed 2017 levels.
As far as the asset classes were concerned, Australian equity ETPs managed to attract the greatest net monthly flows of $658.7 million which put it ahead of international equities ($328.4 million).
At the same time, Australian fixed income ETPs proved to be popular among investors and managed to attract $234.5 million while smart beta ETFs monthly net inflows stood at $228.4 million.
According to VanEck, the relatively high level of flows to fixed income and cash ETPs reflected investors’ more defensive portfolio positioning due to ongoing equity market volatility and the ongoing US-China trade war.
The report also found that smart beta ETFs had steadily gained market share since 2015 as investors chased more targeted investment outcomes as well as asset and geographic diversification.
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) made up around of 90% of total ETP assets under management.