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Aussies flock to fixed interest and ETP products for stable returns

  • January 18 2021
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Aussies flock to fixed interest and ETP products for stable returns

By Cameron Micallef
January 18 2021

Investors seeking stability during the COVID-19 pandemic have turned to fixed interest and cash exchange-traded products, new research has revealed.

Fixed interest and ETP products soar in 2020

Aussies flock to fixed interest and ETP products for stable returns

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  • January 18 2021
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Investors seeking stability during the COVID-19 pandemic have turned to fixed interest and cash exchange-traded products, new research has revealed.

Fixed interest and ETP products soar in 2020

Stats collated by Rainmaker have shown that assets in fixed interest and cash exchange-traded products (ETP) grew by 30 per cent in the 12 months to September 2020.

“Fixed interest is in the spotlight as it is an asset class that has been growing for the past few years at the same rate as the overall ETP market,” said John Dyall, head of investment research at Rainmaker Information.

“Part of the reason is that term deposits interest rates are so low now that investors, retirees and their financial planners are desperately looking for alternatives that will satisfy their income and investment objectives.”

According to Rainmakers figures, fixed interest and cash products generated $2.9 billion in net flows in the 12 months to 30 September 2020.

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“While this was down 25 per cent on the $3.9 billion of the previous 12 months, it is 130 per cent higher than the year ending September 2018,” Mr Dyall continued.

Fixed interest and cash products grew in funds under management (FUM) size by 38 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively.

In comparison, Rainmaker stated the Australian equities grew by 25 per cent, while international equities grew by 25 per cent.

“The peak net flow was at $5 billion a year in February 2020 before COVID-19 changed investors’ priorities.”

The figures showed that the number of fixed interest and cash ETPs increased by nine to 41, where four of the 41 products are cash or cash enhanced. These products make up 17 per cent of the ETP market.

“Of the 41 fixed interest ETPs, only two are labelled specifically as ESG, although it’s arguable that most government bonds and cash are ESG by default,” explained Mr Dyall. 

Separate figures released by exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Vanguard have also shown that Australians are looking for stable returns during the pandemic.

Vanguard Australia has recorded $5.7 billion in ETF inflows in 2020 (up 12 per cent from 2019), making it the best ever year on record, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Vanguard.

The Australian ETF industry again reached a new high, surpassing $94.6 billion in AUM as at the end of 2020.

“Last year, we saw a wave of new retail investors enter the market for the first time. Along with the cost benefits and flexibility, ETFs allow for greater value transparency, providing investors with real-time pricing via the exchange,” said Minh Tieu, head of capital markets for Asia Pacific.

“We also continue to see greater participation year-on-year from institutional investors, with greater availability of ultra-low-cost ETFs likely bolstering demand.”

Aussies flock to fixed interest and ETP products for stable returns
Fixed interest and ETP products soar in 2020
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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