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As global volatility caused global share markets to plunge in January, the Australian exchange traded fund industry was more resilient, according to the BetaShares Australian ETF Review – January 2016.

The Australian exchange traded fund industry received positive net inflows of $104 million for the month, with total funds under management as at month end of $20.4 billion. This represents a decrease in total FUM of $925 million (4.3%) due to a decrease in asset values.
 
Australian high yield equities was the most popular product category, receiving a total of $73m net inflows.
 
Other Australian equities exposures received net outflows including broad market, small cap and large cap exposures. 
 
BetaShares Managing Director, Alex Vynokur, commented on the resilience. “This year kicked off with a shaky start for global share markets. Amid this volatility, the exchange traded fund industry continued to receive positive inflows”.
 
Due to downturns across global markets, the best performing products for the month were the BetaShares Strong Bear Hedge Funds (ASX: BBUS and BBOZ), increasing over 12 per cent each.
 
“It is testimony to the increased depth of products now available in the Australian exchange traded fund industry that even in heavily declining markets, investors now have opportunities to protect portfolios during the turmoil”.
 
“Additionally, the popularity of the BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF also demonstrated how investors are looking to ETFs to find low risk solutions that still deliver regular returns in periods of market turbulence,” he said.
 
BetaShares Australian High Interest Cash ETF (AAA) received the largest product inflows at $50 million in January.

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