What the ETF? Global shares and Australian bank ETFs have been hot in 2021; and there are more to come
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The eight top performing ASX Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in 2021 are either focused on banks or offer exposure to global assets.
Eight ASX ETFs have gained over 10 per cent in the first two months of 2021. Two of these are bank focused in VanEck Australian Bank ETF (ASX:MVB) and the BetaShares Global Banks ETF (ASX:BNKS).
The remaining six have a broader global focus with the top being iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (ASX:IJR) up 17 per cent in 2021.
|Code||Name||30D Vol||YTD Rtn|
|IJR||iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF||9.83k||+16.98%|
|ASIA AU||BetaShares Asia Technology Tigers||542.09k||+13.69%|
|MVB AU||VanEck Vectors Australian Bank||23.59k||+12.70%|
|FUEL AU||Betashares Global Energy Companies||434.53k||+11.70%|
|VVLU AU||Vanguard Global Value Equity||14.48k||+11.59%|
|FOOD AU||BetaShares Global Agriculture||20.45k||+11.25%|
|BNKS AU||BetaShares Global Banks ETF -||53.14k||+11.21%|
|IJH AU||iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF/A||1.38k||+10.09%|
|QFN AU||BetaShares S&P/ASX Financial S||41.31k||+9.54%|
|IAA AU||iShares Asia 50 ETF/AU||20.17k||+8.99%|
|OZF AU||SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Financials Ex||42.92k||+8.92%|
|GGUS AU||BetaShares Geared US Equity Fu||72.31k||+8.88%|
|FANG AU||ETFS FANG+ ETF||131.35k||+8.66%|
|VISM AU||Vanguard MSCI International Sm||5.44k||+8.26%|
|ROBO AU||ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and||10.35k||+7.99%|
|MOAT AU||VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wid||6.10k||+7.06%|
|VGMF AU||Vanguard Global Multi-Factor A||1.06k||+7.01%|
|PAXX AU||Platinum Asia Fund ETF||111.79k||+6.90%|
|QUS AU||BetaShares S&P 500 Equal Weigh||28.39k||+6.81%|
|PIXX AU||Platinum International Fund ET||171.30k||+6.69%|
|ZYUS AU||ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Vo||33.89k||+6.69%|
|EMMG AU||Betashares Legg Mason Emerging||32.52k||+6.69%|
|VHY AU||Vanguard Australian Shares Hig||61.94k||+6.46%|
|IZZ AU||iShares China Large-Cap ETF/Au||6.81k||+6.29%|
|VAE AU||Vanguard FTSE Asia ex-Japan Sh||18.76k||+6.18%|
|QRE AU||BETASHARES AUSTRALIAN RESOURCE||131.26k||+5.91%|
|QOZ AU||BetaShares FTSE RAFI Australia||101.99k||+5.78%|
|EMKT AU||Vaneck Vectors Msci Multifacto||12.99k||+5.34%|
|ACDC AU||ETFS Battery Tech and Lithium||30.79k||+5.33%|
|ILC AU||iShares S&P/ASX 20 ETF||36.71k||+5.31%|
|YMAX AU||BetaShares Australian Top 20 E||80.57k||+5.18%|
|WEMG AU||SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Fund||4.79k||+5.14%|
|VGE AU||Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets||19.08k||+4.96%|
|OZR AU||SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resources Fun||29.39k||+4.79%|
|VLC AU||Vanguard MSCI Australian Large||9.39k||+4.75%|
|MSTR AU||Morningstar International Shar||18.72k||+4.73%|
|IHWL AU||iShares Core MSCI World All Ca||16.74k||+4.67%|
|ESPO AU||VanEck Vectors Video Gaming an||87.81k||+4.61%|
|FEMX AU||Fidelity Global Emerging Marke||140.41k||+4.56%|
|LPGD AU||Loftus Peak Global Disruption||153.23k||+4.27%|
|SFY AU||SPDR S&P/ASX 50 Fund||33.36k||+4.26%|
|IHVV AU||iShares S&P 500 AUD Hedged ETF||24.98k||+4.18%|
|UMAX AU||BetaShares S&P 500 Yield Maxim||11.37k||+4.11%|
|CETF AU||Vaneck Vectors FTSE China A50||2.49k||+4.10%|
|RDV AU||Russell Invest High Div Aust S||12.45k||+4.03%|
|IEM AU||iShares MSCI Emerging Markets||68.64k||+3.96%|
|REIT AU||Vaneck Vectors FTSE Internatio||25.84k||+3.87%|
|WXHG AU||SPDR S&P World ex Australia He||5.43k||+3.83%|
|TECH AU||ETFS Morningstar Global Techno||11.51k||+3.77%|
|HETH AU||Betashares Global Sustainabili||34.48k||+3.75%|
|VGAD AU||Vanguard MSCI Index Internatio||85.07k||+3.75%|
|IWLD AU||iShares Core MSCI World All Ca||9.14k||+3.68%|
|WDIV AU||SPDR S&P Global Dividend Fund||34.19k||+3.59%|
|IHOO AU||iShares Global 100 AUD Hedged||1.75k||+3.56%|
|HEUR AU||BetaShares Europe ETF - Curren||13.53k||+3.53%|
|NDIA AU||ETFS-NAM India Nifty 50 ETF||2.09k||+3.53%|
|WDMF AU||iShares Edge MSCI World Multif||5.57k||+3.50%|
|A200 AU||BetaShares Australia 200 ETF||69.49k||+3.43%|
|IVV AU||iShares Core S&P 500 ETF/Austr||19.28k||+3.43%|
|SWTZ AU||Switzer Dividend Growth Fund||52.65k||+3.38%|
|VAS AU||Vanguard Australian Shares Ind||278.86k||+3.30%|
|IOZ AU||iShares CORE S&P/ASX 200 ETF||0||+3.27%|
|CURE AU||ETFS S&P Biotech ETF||6.00k||+3.13%|
|INIF AU||Intelligent Investor Aus Equit||24.07k||+3.13%|
|HNDQ AU||Betashares Nasdaq 100 ETF - Cu||21.33k||+3.01%|
|EIGA AU||eInvest Income Generator Fund||18.28k||+2.97%|
|DJRE AU||SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Est||47.37k||+2.94%|
|HJPN AU||BetaShares Japan ETF - Currenc||25.35k||+2.79%|
|STW AU||SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund||247.04k||+2.77%|
|E200 AU||SPDR S&P/ASX 200 ESG Fund||2.70k||+2.75%|
|WXOZ AU||SPDR S&P World ex Australia Fu||3.09k||+2.67%|
|VGS AU||Vanguard MSCI Index Internatio||85.65k||+2.49%|
|IKO AU||iShares MSCI South Korea ETF/A||1.65k||+2.48%|
|AGX1 AU||Antipodes Global Shares EQMF E||2.78k||+2.43%|
|IOO AU||iShares Global 100 ETF/AU||38.32k||+2.42%|
|ETHI AU||BetaShares Global Sustainabili||443.89k||+2.40%|
|F100 AU||Betashares FTSE 100 ETF||90.17k||+2.25%|
|EINC AU||BetaShares Legg Mason Equity I||5.68k||+2.19%|
|NDQ AU||BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF||393.73k||+2.16%|
|VESG AU||Vanguard Ethically Conscious I||17.79k||+2.06%|
|AUST AU||BetaShares Managed Risk Austra||37.12k||+2.00%|
|AASF AU||Airlie Australian Share Fund -||22.13k||+1.77%|
|INCM AU||BetaShares Global Income Leade||3.73k||+1.66%|
|VETH AU||Vanguard Ethically Conscious A||5.80k||+1.56%|
|SSO AU||SPDR S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries||3.94k||+1.50%|
|MOGL AU||Montgomery Global Equities Fun||51.15k||+1.49%|
|VMIN AU||Vanguard Global Minimum Volati||1.97k||+1.46%|
|GOAT AU||VanEck Vectors Morningstar Wor||3.73k||+1.44%|
|WRLD AU||BetaShares Managed Risk Global||70.82k||+1.36%|
|QMIX AU||SPDR MSCI World Quality Mix Fu||10.18k||+1.31%|
|CNEW AU||Vaneck Vectors China New Econo||95.80k||+1.28%|
|QHAL AU||Vaneck Vectors MSCI World ex A||23.93k||+1.26%|
|RBTZ AU||BetaShares Global Robotics And||97.27k||+1.25%|
|HQLT AU||Betashares Global Quality Lead||6.37k||+1.02%|
|MHG AU||Magellan Global Equities Fund||298.24k||+0.98%|
|SELF AU||SelfWealth SMSF Leaders ETF||446.87||+0.98%|
|ISO AU||iShares S&P/ASX Small Ordinari||60.00k||+0.89%|
|VDHG AU||Vanguard Diversified High Grow||63.32k||+0.84%|
|MVW AU||VanEck Vectors Aus Equal Weigh||93.82k||+0.81%|
|RARI AU||Russell Invest Aust Responsibl||12.58k||+0.73%|
|WCMQ AU||WCM Quality Global Growth Fund||87.40k||+0.67%|
|IJP AU||iShares MSCI Japan ETF/AU||12.57k||+0.63%|
|VSO AU||Vanguard MSCI Australian Small||19.22k||+0.56%|
|ESGI AU||VanEck Vectors MSCI Internatio||11.55k||+0.51%|
|VDBA AU||Vanguard Diversified Balanced||22.90k||+0.44%|
|VEQ AU||Vanguard FTSE Europe Shares ET||59.35k||+0.43%|
|IIGF AU||Intelligent Investor Aus Equit||38.99k||+0.36%|
|VDGR AU||Vanguard Diversified Growth In||18.97k||+0.35%|
|IVE AU||iShares MSCI EAFE ETF/AU||6.37k||+0.31%|
|ESTX AU||ETFS EURO STOXX 50 ETF||2.01k||+0.29%|
|AUMF AU||iShares Edge MSCI Australia Mu||2.26k||+0.24%|
|SYI AU||SPDR MSCI Australia Select Hig||26.35k||+0.21%|
|IEU AU||iShares Europe ETF/AU||53.97k||+0.11%|
|QUAL AU||Vaneck Vectors MSCI World ex A||109.51k||+0.06%|
|HVST AU||BetaShares Australian Dividend||34.67k||-0.02%|
|DRUG AU||BetaShares Global Healthcare E||48.74k||-0.05%|
|MCSE AU||Magellan Financial Group Core||5.40k||-0.29%|
|MGOC AU||Magellan Global Fund/Open Clas||919.61k||-0.41%|
|VDCO AU||Vanguard Diversified Conservat||9.51k||-0.46%|
|EX20 AU||BetaShares Australian Ex-20 Po||33.73k||-0.54%|
|MCSG AU||Magellan Financial Group Core||6.03k||-0.58%|
|INES AU||Intelligent Investor Ethical S||62.51k||-0.62%|
|QLTY AU||BetaShares Global Quality Lead||26.06k||-0.80%|
|IIND AU||Betashares India Quality ETF||27.31k||-0.88%|
|SMLL AU||BetaShares Australian Small Co||26.82k||-0.91%|
|MVR AU||VanEck Vectors Australian Reso||18.57k||-0.92%|
|IHD AU||iShares S&P/ASX Dividend Oppor||90.47k||-0.95%|
|MVOL AU||iShares Edge MSCI Australia Mi||66.14k||-0.97%|
|GRNV AU||VanEck Vectors MSCI Australian||24.48k||-1.44%|
|VBLD AU||Vanguard Global Infrastructure||12.32k||-1.49%|
|MSUF AU||Magellan Sustainable Fund - Ma||1.87k||-1.60%|
|IFRA AU||VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Inf||70.20k||-1.71%|
|IXJ AU||iShares Global Healthcare ETF/||18.40k||-1.79%|
|MVS AU||VanEck Vectors Small Companies||7.30k||-1.99%|
|IMPQ AU||eInvest Future Impact Small Ca||26.43k||-2.03%|
|FAIR AU||BetaShares Australian Sustaina||184.68k||-2.18%|
|MVE AU||Vaneck Vectors S&P/ASX Midcap||10.83k||-2.30%|
|WVOL AU||iShares Edge MSCI World Minimu||91.72k||-2.35%|
|MCSI AU||Magellan Financial Group Core||5.94k||-2.37%|
|ZYAU AU||ETFS S&P/ASX 300 High Yield Pl||33.85k||-2.43%|
|RINC AU||BetaShares Legg Mason Real Inc||24.84k||-2.49%|
|MICH AU||Magellan Infrastructure Fund -||458.77k||-2.95%|
|HLTH AU||VanEck Vectors Global Healthca||24.01k||-3.11%|
|HACK AU||BetaShares Global Cybersecurit||337.57k||-3.40%|
|BEAR AU||BetaShares Australian Equities||59.05k||-3.50%|
|VAP AU||Vanguard Australian Property S||48.47k||-4.46%|
|MVA AU||VanEck Vectors Australian Prop||92.55k||-4.53%|
|SLF AU||SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Listed Proper||83.72k||-4.56%|
|ATEC AU||BetaShares S&P/ASX Australian||59.38k||-4.82%|
|IXI AU||iShares Global Consumer Staple||4.05k||-7.75%|
|BBOZ AU||BetaShares Australian Equities||2.46M||-8.13%|
|BBUS AU||BetaShares US Equities Strong||4.70M||-10.16%|
|MNRS AU||Betashares Global Gold Miners||59.23k||-13.47%|
|GDX AU||VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF||28.17k||-17.39%|
At this time last year, as COVID-19 hit the global markets investors feared banks would suffer from a fall in people’s incomes and a rise in bad debts.
But 12 months on, the worst fears haven’t come to pass as Jamie Hannah, Van Eck’s Deputy Head of Investments & Capital Markets told Stockhead.
“The banking sector’s been particularly strong this year. Australia’s had a growing economy – which helps them,” he said.
“And for a lot of them provision for bad debts is going down, so even though people are coming off JobKeeper it’s not resulting in increasing bad debt. I think yields increasing should help their margins as well.”
However the ASX was far from the only exchange with solidly performing bank ETFs in 2021.
“I look at global banking ETFs, one in the US and Europe they’ve had excellent years as well – other offshore banking ETFs, some of them returned 20 or more per cent year to date,” Hannah said.
“So from what I’m seeing the bank sector is gaining from the global economy at the moment and MVB benefits from that.”
As for global-focused ASX ETFs, Hannah put it down to investor optimism about the global economy and its growth prospects in 2021.
In the weeks to come Van Eck will be launching three new ETFs, all of which give investors exposure to global assets. Namely:
This will take Van Eck’s total of ETFs to 28, up from 19 just a year ago.
VanEck’s head of Asia Pacific Arian Neiron said the new ETFs would leverage stong investment themes.
“Value, as an investment style, for example, has been performing well in recent months and could continue to do so when global economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and if we see reflation,” Neiron said.
“VLUE will allow investors to add a value tilt to their portfolio, with 250 companies selected by MSCI based on its value factor for passive fees.
“Separately, QSML will give investors exposure to a diversified portfolio of international developed market small-cap quality growth companies with durable business models and sustainable competitive advantages.
“Many investors seek capital growth opportunities by investing in small companies such as those found in the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries. The international opportunity is 20 times bigger with approximately 4,000 listed international small companies making up the benchmark, MSCI World ex Australia Small Cap Index.”
As for the Clean Energy ETF, Neiron said it would allow investors to leverage the growing demand for renewable energy. It will track the S&P Global Clean Energy Index, which grew 116 per cent in the 12 months to January 2021.
BetaShares is currently marketing two ASX ETFs for later in 2021 – the Betashares Climate Change Innovation ETF (ASX:ERTH) and the Betashares Cloud Computing ETF (ASX:CLDD).
The latter of these will be the ASX’s first dedicated cloud computing ETF, tracking the Indxx Global Cloud Computing Index.
Turning briefly to global ETFs, there’s one that shows the GameStop saga may not be a one off.
In January shares in US video games retailer GameStop (NYSE:GME) went viral after GameStop fans started an online campaign to encourage their followers to buy GameStop stock, and boost its share price.
This forcing short sellers (of which there were plenty) to cover their positions causing a frenzy of buying, and as the share price of GameStop went higher, the more it cost short sellers as they had to buy even more to offset their growing losses on trades.
The incident was portrayed as slap in the face to traditional Wall St players in that they no longer control things. Unfortunately for them, a new ETF in the US shows incidents like this may occur again.
VanEck is launching an ETF that will track the 75 most-favourably mentioned companies on the internet – VanEck Vectors Social Sentiment ETF (NYSE:BUZZ).
But if you look at BUZZ’s biggest holdings, the ETF does not appear to be too unconventional.
Its top 10 holdings are: Twitter, DraftKings, Ford Motor Company, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Advanced Micro Devices, American Airlines, Netflix and Tesla.
BUZZ’s founder Dave Portnoy hasn’t been holding back.
Portnoy is the founder of pop culture blog Barstool Sports and he regularly tweets about his stock trades – particularly during the GameStop saga.
The old guard is crying in their soup before we even launched. Apparently only the suits are allowed to discuss stocks on CNBC. Adapt or die $buzz
Day-trading Reddit-readers nearly crashed the stock market. Now they’re in an ETF. – MarketWatch https://t.co/PUJ0bfOLbb
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) March 2, 2021