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Asia Pacific ETF turnover jumps 20.4 per cent


Monthly average daily turnover of Asia Pacific exchange-traded funds rose 20.4 per cent in the week ending 15 October to USD1,093m, according to research by Deutsche Bank.

The largest ETF by turnover was the iShares Asia Trust – iShares FTSE/Xinhua A50 China Tracker issued by BlackRock with USD199m accounting for 18.2 per cent of total turnover.

Assets under management rose 3.4 per cent to USD78.3bn. The largest ETF by AUM is the Topix ETF managed by Nomura Asset Management with AUM of USD10.4bn.

There have been three new listings since 1 October. Samsung Investment Trust launched its third commodity ETP product and the second gold tracker on the Korea Stock Exchange.

Benchmark Asset Management listed a new Infrastructure sector fund, the first of its kind in the National Stock Exchange of India.

Vanguard launched a new fund tracking Australian listed property securities. This new product, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, carries Vanguard’s low cost approach, and has been implemented as an additional share class of Vanguard’s AUD2bn existing index fund, an approach widely used by the firm in the US. The new fund will charge six basis points less than its direct competitor, State Street’s SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Listed Property Fund.

There are 239 equity based ETFs in the Asia Pacific region with 332 listings across 12 countries and 15 exchanges. Japan has the largest market share by AUM accounting for 40.07 per cent of the whole market, whilst Hong Kong has the largest market share by turnover with 35.39 per cent.

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