International ETFs set to grow

The Australian exchange traded fund (ETF) market is expanding to accommodate growing investor demand for international exposure, particularly Asian economies, according to ETF Securities (ETFS) latest ETF landscape report.

Kris Walesby, ETFS chief executive, said investors were diversifying their portfolios by using ETFs to gain exposure to international shares and fixed income.

“The market for [Australian] ETFs has grown rapidly and as at 31 October, 2019 the ETF market size was $56.92 billion which has grown from $40.41 billion at the start of the year,” Walesby said.

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“What stands out this year is the increased number of ETFs launched that provide investors exposure to international markets.”

ETFS had previously partnered with one of India’s largest fund managers, Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management, to launch Australia’s first India equities ETF, the ETFS Reliance India Nifty 50 ETF.

They added a second Indian equity ETF in August, as well as three China ETFs, and one each for Taiwan and South Korea.

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