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ETF investors cautiously move to Australian equities in February


February saw the Australian exchange traded fund (ETF) industry continue to grow, albeit modestly, with approximately AUD9 million of new money, and overall market cap increasing AUD91m to AUD5.2 billion according to the BetaShares Australian ETF Review for February 2012.

This month, a notable trend among investors was increased flows into Australian equities and yield based ETFs.

While Australian equities ETFs were the most popular this month, trading values across ETFs decreased by more than 20% suggesting investors still lack investment conviction.

Interestingly, the best performing ETFs were silver and oil returning 8.6% and 8.5% respectively for February.

Looking forward to March, the introduction of fixed income products amongst other products being brought to the market will likely lead to approximately 75 ETFs listed on the ASX by mid 2012 compared with 60 at the end of February. March will be remembered as a milestone month for the local ETF industry with the launch of the first cash and fixed interest ETFs.

“With investors increasingly focussed on yield, BetaShares is predicting strong inflows during March and the rest of 2012, with investors now having access to income focussed cash and bond products,” says Drew Corbett, Head of Investment Strategy at BetaShares. “As a result of Australian ETF providers looking to add fixed interest and income based offerings we expect awareness of ETFs to increase, which is another positive step forward for the industry.”

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