An ETF is a security that tracks an index, a commodity, currency or a basket of assets, like an index fund.

What is the difference between a Managed Fund and an ETF?

A managed fund is an investment scheme through which investors can gain exposure to a portfolio of assets by purchasing ‘units’ in the fund. Generally, managed fund units are not traded throughout the day with investors purchasing or redeeming (selling) units based on the value of the underlying assets at the end of the day.

Unlike managed funds, ETFs are listed on a stock exchange & can be traded like shares. ETFs often have lower expenses when compared to managed funds.

Benefits of ETFs include:

  • Simple diversification:  ETFs allow investors to buy an index of local or domestic shares or gain exposure to a currency or commodity with a single trade.
  • Listed on the ASX: Buy and sell ETFs just like shares. ETFs can also be purchased through gearing facilities such as a margin loan.
  • Cost effective: ETFs can be a cost-effective investment product – it only takes one transaction to purchase a fully diversified index. 
  • Transparency: ETF portfolio holdings are disclosed frequently by the ETF providers.

Things to consider for ETFs:

  • Market Risk: Changes in the value of the underlying index or commodity may result in changes in the value of units in the ETF.
  • Liquidity Risk: There may be insufficient liquidity in the ETF and this may affect your ability to sell your units.
  • Currency Risk: Investing in ETFs with an international focus can expose investors to currency risk.

E*TRADE supports the full range of ETF providers in Australia listed on the ASX. You can trade ETFs provided by all four ETF providers, who are specialist providers of these products.

Some popular ETFs from our providers
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Fund Name ASX Code Composition  
ANZ ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF ZYUS Unique in Australia, this ETF gives you international exposure to high yielding, low volatility US stocks. View
ANZ ETFS S&P/ASX 300 High Yield Plus ETF ZYAU With a targeted selection of companies, this ETF aims to provide a higher yield than the S&P/ASX 300 index. View
ANZ ETFS Physical Renminbi ETF ZCNH An easy way for you to access foreign currency, while providing diversification in portfolios overexposed to Australian dollar investments View
View the full listing of the ANZ ETFS ETFs listed on the ASX

Fund Name ASX Code Composition  
iShares MSCI Australia 200 IOZ 200 largest companies in Australia in one trade View
iShares Global 100 ETF IOO 100 large transnational companies with minimum capitalisation of US$5bn View
iShares UBS Composite Bond IAF Investing in investment grade fixed income securities issued by the Australian Treasury, Australian State Governments, supranational, sovereign and corporate entities. View
View the full listing of the iShares ETFs listed on the ASX.

State Street Global Advisors
Fund Name ASX Code Closely Tracks  
SPDR S&P/ASX 50 SFY S&P/ASX 50 Index View
SPDR S&P/ASX 200 STW S&P/ASX 200 Index View
Listed Property fund
SLF S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index View
View the full listing of the SPDRs ETFs listed on the ASX.
Vanguard Investments

Fund Name ASX Code Closely Tracks  
Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF VAS S&P/ASX 300 Index View
Vanguard All-World ex-US Shares Index ETF VEU FTSE All-World ex-US Index View
Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF VTS CRSP US Total Market Index(in AUD) View
View the full listing of the Vanguard ETFs listed on the ASX.
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