BetaShares Australian ETF Market Review: Half year and June 2016

The Australian exchange traded fund industry grew by 5%, or $1.1B, during the first half of 2016, despite the challenging market conditions, ending the financial year with total funds under management of $22.5B. June was especially turbulent with the Brexit vote and the Australian election all adding to ongoing volatility. Investors continued to support ETFs by investing almost $1.4B in new money into the industry during the last 6 months meaning that all the industry’s growth this half has come from structural growth, with asset price declines actually being a net negative for the industry as a whole.

The industry continues to mature during 2016 with 16 new products added and 10 closed so far this year. We expect the number of new products to grow significantly during the last half of the year in what will be another strong year for product launches.


Brexit: Implications for Australian investors


The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has thrown global markets into turmoil in recent days. Given the result was the opposite of market expectations, the knee-jerk response was understandable, though likely overstated Brexit’s global (and hence Australian) impact. That said, Brexit is potentially devastating for the UK over the near-term, and to the European Union over the longer-term. What’s more, the Brexit shock comes at a vulnerable time for global markets, given sluggish earnings growth and elevated equity market valuations.