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Best Performing ETFs Australia 2022

These ETFs were the best performing ETFs in Australia in 2022.

ETFs have surged in popularity in 2022, as investors realised the benefits of diversified investing. 

We analysed the returns of the best-performing ETFs in 2022. Listed below are the top five ETFs in Australia (in reverse chronological order), and the reasons why they performed so well in the past year.

Before you rush in to buy these ETFs – pause. This year’s best performers can become next year’s worst performers very easily – which is why diversified investing is so important.

The top five Australian ETFs of 2022

5. SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resource Fund (OZR)

One year total return: 30.6%

OZR was a stellar performer over the last 12 months, as inflationary pressures benefitted resource and energy shares and broader commodities

4. BetaShares Australian Resources Sector ETF (QRE)

One year total return: 31.3%

With similar holdings to OZR, the fourth best performing ETF in 2022 was QRE with its large exposure to resource and energy stocks.

3. BetaShares Global Cybersecurity ETF (HACK)

One year total return: 31.9%

HACK has benefitted from the increased digital adoption and cybersecurity awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing conflict in Ukraine/Russia.

2. BetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF – Currency Hedged (FUEL)

One year total return: 43.5%

With oil prices up 70% over the past year due to global supply chain disruptions and war in Ukraine, FUEL was a star performer holding some of the biggest energy companies in the world.

1. Betashares Crude Oil Index ETF-Currency Hedged (Synthetic) (OOO)

One year total return: 79.5%

The best performing ETF in 2022 was OOO which gives investors exposure to the oil price. However, as it does not hold the physical oil but rather complex derivatives, it is down 50% over the past five years while the oil price rose more than 100%.

Best Performing ETFs 2022

ETF CodeETF Name1-Year Return
OOOBetashares Crude Oil Index ETF-Currency Hedged (Synthetic)79.5%
FUELBetaShares Global Energy Companies ETF – Currency Hedged43.5%
HACKBetaShares Global Cybersecurity ETF31.9%
QREBetaShares Australian Resources Sector ETF31.3%
OZRSPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resource Fund 30.6%
Source: ASX, Cboe as of 31 March 2022.
If you want to find out more about the Australian ETF landscape, head straight to our 2022 ETF report, so you make sure you know exactly what you’re investing in. 

Investment Manager

Marc has previously worked for Morgan Stanley, AMP and KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance/Accounting) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and has completed his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1.

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