2019 ETF Research Report, ETF Market Update

Most Popular ETFs

Most popular ETFs by examining the largest increases in size and flows over the past year.

Increases in ETF FUM can come from two sources: 1) an increase in the price of the ETF and its underlying holdings ; and 2) new investors moving their money into the ETF (i.e. flows).

Best ETFs by funds under management (FUM) growth

The highest FUM growth winners are the large, broad market ETFs that simply track a market index like the ASX or the S&P 500. Investors are more likely to be familiar with these ETFs – particularly the broader Australian, Global and USA markets.



The Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) continued to attract investor flows and retains its crown as the largest gainer with $722m in net flows and increasing its FUM by $925m (a 36% increase).

The BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200) has $545m in FUM since launching in May 2018. $524m of this is attributed to increased flows as price conscious investors flee its more pricey competitor (SPDR and iShares), seeking lower cost ETFs like A200’s 0.07% annual fee.

American markets rallied over the past year with both iShares S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF (VTS) increasing their FUM by 17% and 26% respectively.

Top 5 ETFs by Flows


The iShares Core Cash ETF (BILL) saw the highest flows out of all Bond ETFs, with $233m new money coming in. VanEck Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF (MVW) continues another strong year of flows, and now has $708m in FUM, and could be the next $1b ETF if inflows continue.

Top 5 ETFs by FUM Growth

ASX CodeETF NameFUM ($m) Mar’19Annual change in FUM ($m)Annual % Change in FUM
VASVanguard Australian Shares Index ETF3,45892636%
A200Betashares Australia 200 ETF545545N/A*
VGSVanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF1,48454458%
IVViShares S&P 500 ETF2,91142117%
VTSVanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF1,51530826%

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*A200 was launched on 7th May 2018.


Investment Associate

Marc has over 5 years experience in the financial services industry having 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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