Managed Funds Climb Higher, Again, To $2.8 Trillion

The ABS released their quarterly managed funds data to December 2016, which shows a significant hike in market value, to $2.8 trillion. The asset bubble continues.

At 31 December 2016, the managed funds industry had $2,841.8b funds under management, an increase of $61.4b (2%) on the September quarter 2016 figure of $2,780.4b.

The main valuation effects that occurred during the December quarter 2016 were as follows: the S&P/ASX 200 increased 4.2%; the price of foreign shares, as represented by the MSCI World Index excluding Australia, increased 1.5%; and the A$ depreciated 5.2% against the US$.

Superannuation funds held the largest share of assets.

At 31 December 2016, the consolidated assets of managed funds institutions were $2,237.9b, an increase of $49.2b (2%) on the September quarter 2016 figure of $2,188.7b.

The asset types that increased were shares, $22.9b (3%); overseas assets, $19.4b (4%); land, buildings and equipment, $1.9b (1%); units in trusts, $1.9b (1%); short term securities, $1.8b (1%); deposits, $1.6b (1%); bonds, etc., $1.3b (1%) and other non-financial assets, $0.7b (6%). These were partially offset by decreases in other financial assets, $2.0b (6%) and loans and placements, $0.4b (1%). Derivatives were flat.

At 31 December 2016, there were $498.3b of assets cross invested between managed funds institutions.

At 31 December 2016, the unconsolidated assets of superannuation (pension) funds increased $54.3b (3%), life insurance corporations increased $2.4b (1%), public offer (retail) unit trusts increased $0.3b (0%) and common funds increased $0.2b (2%). Cash management trusts decreased $0.6b (2%). Friendly societies were flat.

 

Managed Funds Industry Now Worth $2.8 Trillion

The ABS released the latest Managed Funds data to September 2016. The managed funds industry had $2,774.5b funds under management, an increase of $59.0b (2%) on the June quarter 2016 figure of $2,715.5b.

The main valuation effects that occurred during the September quarter 2016 were as follows: the S&P/ASX 200 increased 3.9%; the price of foreign shares, as represented by the MSCI World Index excluding Australia, increased 4.3%; and the A$ appreciated 2.7% against the US$.

At 30 September 2016, the consolidated assets of managed funds institutions were $2,182.8b, an increase of $45.3b (2%) on the June quarter 2016 figure of $2,137.5b.

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The asset types that increased were shares, $46.2b (8%); overseas assets, $41.2b (10%); bonds, etc., $10.5b (9%); deposits, $8.8b (3%); short term securities, $6.5b (6%); land, buildings and equipment, $3.0b (1%) and loans and placements, $0.8b (2%). These were partially offset by decreases in units in trusts, $65.2b (29%); other financial assets, $5.9b (14%); other non-financial assets, $0.4b (4%) and derivatives, $0.3b (7%).

At 30 September 2016, there were $490.0b of assets cross invested between managed funds institutions.

At 30 September 2016, the unconsolidated assets of superannuation (pension) funds increased $56.3b (3%), cash management trusts increased $1.5b (4%), public offer (retail) unit trusts increased $1.2b (0%), friendly societies increased $0.3b (4%) and common funds increased $0.2b (2%). Life insurance corporations decreased $69.7b (24%).

 

Value of Managed Funds Fell in June 2015 Quarter

The ABS released their data on the managed funds industry. It shows the impact of recent falls in stocks, and exchange rate movements. At 30 June 2015, the managed funds industry had $2,622.2b funds under management, a decrease of $21.2b (1%) on the March quarter 2015 figure of $2,643.4b. The main valuation effects that occurred during the June quarter 2015 were as follows: the S&P/ASX 200 decreased 7.3%; the price of foreign shares, as represented by the MSCI World Index excluding Australia, decreased 0.1%; and the A$ appreciated 0.6% against the US$.

Managed-Funds-June-2015 At 30 June 2015, the consolidated assets of managed funds institutions were $2,059.9b, a decrease of $18.6b (1%) on the March quarter 2015 figure of $2,078.6b. The asset types that decreased were shares, $29.6b (5%); units in trusts, $4.0b (2%); overseas assets, $2.7b (1%); derivatives, $0.3b (10%) and other non-financial assets, $0.3b (2%). These were partially offset by increases in other financial assets, $7.2b (24%); land, buildings and equipment, $4.1b (2%); short term securities, $2.6b (3%); loans and placements, $2.4b (5%); deposits, $1.3b (0%) and bonds, etc., $0.6b (1%).

Managed-Funds-By-Type-June-2015At 30 June 2015, there were $534.3b of assets cross invested between managed funds institutions. At 30 June 2015, the unconsolidated assets of Superannuation (pension) funds decreased $25.8b (1%), life insurance corporations decreased $6.5b (2%); friendly societies decreased $0.1b (2%) and common funds decreased $0.1b (1%). Cash management trusts increased $1.4b (4%) and public offer (retail) unit trusts increased $1.0b (0%).