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Managed Funds, Australia

Statistics on the assets and liabilities of financial institutions that pool funds for investment, classified by type of financial instrument

Reference period
December 2021
Released
3/03/2022
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Key statistics

During the December 2021 quarter:

  • the total managed funds industry rose $86.1b (2.0%) to $4,476.6b funds under management
  • consolidated assets of managed funds institutions rose $89.1b (2.5%) to $3,604.6b
  • cross invested assets rose $24.0b (4.2%) to $595.2b
  • unconsolidated assets rose $113.1b (2.8%) to $4,199.8b

Main features

  Sep Qtr 2021
$m
Dec Qtr 2021
$m
Sep Qtr 2021 to Dec Qtr 2021
%
Total managed funds industry 4,390,482 4,476,563 2.0
Consolidated assets total managed funds institutions 3,515,522 3,604,626 2.5
Cross invested assets between managed funds institutions 571,183 595,170 4.2
Unconsolidated assets total managed funds institutions 4,086,705 4,199,796 2.8
 Life insurance corporations 128,951 126,276 -2.1
 Superannuation (pension) funds 3,430,667 3,524,061 2.7
 Public offer (retail) unit trusts 476,461 495,191 3.9
 All other managed funds institutions 50,626 54,268 7.2

Analysis

Managed funds industry

Managed Funds industry as at 31 December 2021 had $4,476.6b funds under management, comprised of:

*Resident investment managers placements with other resident investment managers are deducted when deriving the size of the total managed funds industry.
 

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Superannuation (pension) funds

Total unconsolidated assets of superannuation funds rose $93.4b (2.7%) to $3,524.1b during the December quarter.

Key movements were as follows:

  • units in trusts rose $32.2b (2.5%)
  • assets overseas rose $29.3b (4.3%)
  • shares rose $21.5b (3.8%)
  • land, buildings and equipment rose $8.6b (4.2%)
  • derivatives rose $5.2b (15.2%)

Important data quality note

Data reliability issue - Other Financial Assets

There are known reporting issues with the Other Financial Assets series (A3581378L). The ABS is working with APRA and data providers to resolve the reporting errors as quickly as possible. We expect to make revisions to this series, and others, next quarter. 

Public offer (retail) unit trusts

Total unconsolidated assets of public offer (retail) trusts rose $18.7b (3.9%) to $495.2b during the December quarter.

Key movements were as follows:

  • land, buildings and equipment rose $8.2b (5.4%)
  • units in trusts rose $6.6b (6.8%)
  • assets overseas rose $5.4b (6.4%)
  • shares rose $1.9b (2.7%)
  • loans and placements fell $1.8b (-5.7%)

Cross investment within public offer (retail) unit trusts rose $1.6b (3.9%) to $43.2b.

Life insurance

Total unconsolidated assets of life insurance corporations fell $2.7b (-2.1%) to $126.3b during the December quarter.

Key movements were as follows:

  • units in trusts fell $0.8b (-1.9%)
  • bonds, etc. fell $0.4b (-1.5%)
  • short term securities fell $0.4b (-17.1%)
  • other non-financial assets fell $0.4b (-13.7%)
  • assets overseas fell $0.3b (-1.9%)

All other managed funds institutions

Total unconsolidated assets of:

  • friendly societies rose $0.2b (2.7%) to $9.2b
  • common funds rose $0.1b (0.5%) to $11.4b
  • cash management trusts rose $3.3b (11.1%) to $33.6b

Revisions

  • Table 1 Summary managed funds industry - revised back to the September quarter 2018.
  • Table 2 Summary managed funds institutions - revised back to the September quarter 2018.
  • Table 3 Life insurance offices - no revisions.
  • Table 4 Superannuation (pension) funds - revised back to the September quarter 2018.
  • Table 5 Public offer (retail) unit trusts - revised back to the June quarter 2021.
  • Table 6 Friendly Societies - no revisions.
  • Table 7 Common funds - revised back to the September quarter 2021.
  • Table 8 Cash management trusts - revised back to the June quarter 2021.
  • Table 9 Resident Investment Managers - revised back to the September quarter 2018.

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 5655.0.