Big Three ASX ETFs by 12 Month Fund Flows

The three Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with the biggest money flows for the year were largely predictable as investors plowed money into the safety of ASX traded index funds that tracked Australia’s largest companies by market capitalisation.

The ETFs have low-cost management fees and diversification opportunities for investors.

As the ETFs have Australian companies in their portfolios the returns have been more modest than U.S.-focused ETFs with technology stocks in their portfolios.

The fund behemoth Vanguard is top of the leaderboard with $1,726.9 million flowing into its Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (ASX: VAS) in the 12 months to date.

VAS has over $14.7 billion of Assets Under Management (AUM) and is the largest ETF in Australia.

The ETF tracks the top 300 companies listed on the ASX. It is heavily weighted toward financials and materials (resources) stocks. It is a Passively managed ETF.

Performance

The one-year return for VAS is 11.18%, while two and three-year returns for VAS are 9.79% and 9.26% respectively.

In second place is the Betashares Australia 200 ETF (ASX: A200) which has pulled in $1,484.0 million in the 12 months to date.

Net assets for A200 are $$4,562.6 million.

A200 aims to track the performance of an index (before fees and expenses) comprising 200 of the largest companies by market capitalisation listed on the ASX. It is also passively managed.

Performance

The one-year return for A200 is 10.67%, while two and three-year returns for A200 are 9.58% and 8.75% respectively.

Blackrock’s iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (ASX: IOZ) rounds out the passively managed ETF troika.

IOZ has pulled in $1,078.1 million from investors for the 12 months to date.

Net assets of IOZ are $5,276.8 million.

IOZ aims to provide investors with the performance of the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index, before fees and expenses. The index measures the performance of the 200 largest Australian securities listed on the ASX. It is also passively managed.

Performance

The one-year return for IOZ is 10.53%, while the two and three-year returns for A200 are 9.24% and 8.52% respectively.

 

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