An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is an investment fund that can be bought and sold on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) just like ordinary shares.
There’s two types: Passive and Active
Are the most common and they track a benchmark (e.g. index, sector or commodity). Their goal is to move in line with the underlying benchmark and provide a near identical return (less fees). The difference between the ETFs return and the underlying benchmark’s return is called the “tracking error”. Fees with Passive ETFs are typical lower than Active ETFs and Managed Funds.
The largest Passive ETF of the ASX is the SPDR S&P/ASX 200 (STW) which tracks the return of the S&P/ASX 200 Index.
Are less common and can be identified by the use of “Hedge Fund” or “Managed Fund” in their title. These ETFs are actively managed and aim to outperform a benchmark or follow an objective.
The most well-known Active ETF is the BetaShares Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund (BEAR) which aims to generate returns that are negatively correlated to the returns of the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation index.
While ETFs provide an excellent way to gain exposure to a whole market or sector through one transaction, some small funds have extremely low liquidity and might have a large “spread” in the buy/sell price.
ASXETFs.com doesn’t provide share price data.
The best website is Market Index.
They have current ASX share prices, company charts and announcements, dividend data, directors’ transactions and broker consensus.
What are the Pros and Cons?
ETFs have gained significant popularity over the past few years. This is primarily due to their simplicity, transparency and ability to provide exposure to a basket of shares in one transaction.
You can buy and sell ETFs with your stockbroker just like ordinary shares.
Investors can gain access to a whole portfolio of companies through one security, foreign indices and commodities.
Fund Managers must regularly disclose their holdings along with their tracking error and fees.
Some smaller funds have very low liquidity so exiting the security might be difficult or costly
- Currency Fluctuations
If you're investing in an ETF that tracks an overseas benchmark then currency movements will impact your investments return.
List of ASX ETFs (1 May 2018)
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|DMKT||Ampcap Dynamic MKTHF Trading||27,883,700|
|GLIN||Ampcap Global Infra Trading||22,876,500|
|AOD||Aurora DIV Income Units||7,228,850|
|HBRD||Beta Active Hybrids Trading||61,223,900|
|BBOZ||Beta Aust STR Bear Trading||76,100,000|
|HVST||Beta Divharvester ETF||211,077,000|
|GGUS||Beta Geared US EQ Trading||18,540,000|
|FOOD||Beta Global Agri ETF||17,654,900|
|BNKS||Beta Global Banks ETF||77,405,900|
|HACK||Beta Global Cyber ETF||69,501,700|
|FUEL||Beta Global Energy ETF||17,841,400|
|MNRS||Beta Global Gold ETF||5,110,710|
|DRUG||Beta Global Health ETF||22,082,500|
|AUST||Beta Managed Risk Au Trading||25,575,500|
|AUDS||Beta Strong AUD Trading||2,982,000|
|BBUS||Beta US Strong Bear Trading||62,725,500|
|EINC||Betalm Equity Income Trading||7,271,910|
|BEAR||Betashares Aust BEAR ETF||52,063,900|
|EEU||Betashares Euro ETF ETF||8,380,800|
|HEUR||Betashares WT Europe ETF||52,962,300|
|HJPN||Betashares WT Japan ETF||73,495,700|
|GEAR||Betshares GEAR Fund ETF||75,725,300|
|ILC||S&P/ASX 20 ETF||314,704,000|
|ISO||S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries ETF||84,521,200|
|CORE||ETFs GLB CORE Infra ETF||3,135,000|
|GOLD||ETFs Physical GOLD||597,901,000|
|ETPMPD||ETFs Physical Palladium||1,236,710|
|ETPMPT||ETFs Physical Platinum||3,003,330|
|ETPMPM||ETFs Physical PM Basket||5,121,410|
|ETPMAG||ETFs Physical Silver||58,351,100|
|IAF||Ishares Comp BND ETF||522,554,000|
|BILL||Ishares Core Cash ETF||169,883,000|
|IHWL||Ishares Core WLD Aud ETF||11,904,800|
|IWLD||Ishares Core WLD ETF||23,403,700|
|AUMF||Ishares Edge Au MF ETF||8,004,050|
|MVOL||Ishares Edge Au MVOL ETF||6,433,580|
|ISEC||Ishares Enhancd Cash ETF||25,083,200|
|IHCB||Ishares GBL BND Aud ETF||86,987,000|
|IHHY||Ishares GBLHGHYD Aud ETF||25,297,500|
|IHOO||Ishares Global 100 ETF||36,153,900|
|ILB||Ishares GOV Infl ETF||107,872,000|
|IJH||Ishares Mid-Cap ETF||145,807,000|
|ISG||Ishares MSCI SG ETF||6,568,180|
|IKO||Ishares MSCI SK ETF||42,415,200|
|ITW||Ishares MSCI TW ETF||45,280,000|
|IHVV||Ishares S&P 500 Aud ETF||112,037,000|
|IVV||Ishares S&P 500 ETF||2,599,820,000|
|IHD||Ishares S&P DIV Opp ETF||256,074,000|
|IOZ||Ishares S&P/ASX 200 ETF||1,294,310,000|
|IGB||Ishares Treasury ETF||25,347,600|
|IHEB||Ishares Usdembond Au ETF||13,443,800|
|IAA||Ishs Asia 50 ETF||435,783,000|
|IZZ||Ishs China ETF||103,114,000|
|IEU||Ishs Europe ETF||844,288,000|
|IXJ||Ishs Glob Health ETF||501,905,000|
|IOO||Ishs Global 100 ETF||1,389,600,000|
|IXI||Ishs Global Cons ETF||109,102,000|
|IBK||Ishs MSCI Bric ETF||39,591,600|
|IVE||Ishs MSCI Eafe ETF||330,662,000|
|IEM||Ishs MSCI Emg Mktetf||679,618,000|
|IHK||Ishs MSCI HK ETF||15,729,000|
|IJP||Ishs MSCI Japan ETF||246,106,000|
|IRU||Ishs Russell 2000ETF||77,013,600|
|IXP||Iss Global Telco ETF||49,884,300|
|KSM||K2 Au Small Cap Fund Trading||15,060,600|
|MGE||Mag Global Equities Trading||1,021,980,000|
|MICH||Mag. Infra. Fund CH Trading||163,349,000|
|MHG||Magellan GBL EQ Fund Trading||65,708,000|
|MOGL||MOGL () Trading||73,507,200|
|PAXX||Platinum Asia Fund Trading||92,255,100|
|GROW||SCH Real Return Fund Trading||46,026,100|
|OZF||SPDR 200 Financials ETF||58,928,300|
|OZR||SPDR 200 Resources ETF||64,772,600|
|BOND||SPDR Aust BOND ETF||23,277,700|
|DJRE||SPDR DJ Global REIT ETF||211,417,000|
|GOVT||SPDR GOVT Bond ETF||12,867,200|
|MONY||Ubs IQ Cash ETF||1,000,080|
|DIV||Ubs IQ Mstar Aus DIV ETF||26,224,700|
|ETF||Ubs IQ Mstar Aus ETF||8,160,400|
|FLOT||Vaneck Au Float Rate ETF||81,264,800|
|MVB||Vaneck Banks ETF||29,253,100|
|CETF||Vaneck China Ashare ETF Cdis 1:1||9,777,620|
|MVW||Vaneck EQUAL Weight ETF||464,505,000|
|ESGI||Vaneck ESG Internatl ETF||4,160,000|
|FDIV||Vaneck Franked DIV ETF||3,753,820|
|GDX||Vaneck Gold Miners ETF Cdis 1:1||70,716,200|
|IFRA||Vaneck Infrastruct ETF||72,866,700|
|MVE||Vaneck Midcap ETF||70,007,500|
|MVA||Vaneck Property ETF||106,251,000|
|MVR||Vaneck Resources ETF||89,462,800|
|MVS||Vaneck Small Masters ETF||69,168,400|
|MOAT||Vaneck US Wide MOAT ETF Cdis 1:1||55,463,900|
|PIXX||Platinum Int Fund Trading||191,294,000|
|PLUS||Vaneck Au Corp Bond ETF||174,826,000|
|PMGOLD||Gold Corp 0.00 ZAU Call STR.Prod||5,606,960,000|
|POU||Betashares Pound ETF ETF||26,421,800|
|QAU||Betashares Gold ETF ETF||55,044,300|
|QFN||Betashares ASX Fin ETF||13,810,100|
|QMIX||SPDR MSCI World QMIX ETF||8,302,960|
|QRE||Betashares ASX Res ETF||128,363,000|
|QUAL||Vaneck WLD Xau QUAL ETF||350,497,000|
|QUS||Betashares US 1000 ETF||39,847,900|
|RDV||Russell High DIV ETF ETF||283,801,000|
|RENT||Ampcap Global Prop Trading||13,891,400|
|RINC||Beta LM Real Income Trading||7,499,130|
|ROBO||ETFs GLB ROBO ETF||75,988,200|
|RVL||Russell Aus Val ETF ETF||13,068,900|
|SFY||SPDR 50 Fund ETF||501,506,000|
|SLF||SPDR S&P/ASX Prop Fu ETF||575,310,000|
|SPY||SPDR S&P 500 ETF||19,961,900|
|SSO||SPDR Small Ords ETF||19,154,100|
|STW||SPDR 200 Fund ETF||3,651,390,000|
|UBA||Ubs IQ MSCI Aust ETF ETF||183,685,000|
|UBE||Ubs IQ MSCI Europe ETF||11,603,500|
|UBJ||Ubs IQ MSCI Japan ETF||4,661,870|
|UBP||Ubs IQ MSCI Asia ETF||9,382,010|
|UBU||Ubs IQ MSCI Usa ETF||6,450,250|
|UBW||Ubs IQ World Ex Aus ETF||28,210,400|
|UMAX||Beta S&P500 Yieldmax ETF||92,125,300|
|USD||Betashares US Dollar ETF||481,603,000|
|VACF||Van Aus Corp Fi ETF ETF||99,198,400|
|VAE||VGD Ftse Asia Ex JPN ETF||73,059,300|
|VAF||VNGD Aus Fi ETF||695,820,000|
|VAP||VNGD Aus Prop Sec ETF||1,008,490,000|
|VAS||VNGD Aus Shares ETF||2,608,040,000|
|VBND||VNGD GLB Agg Bond ETF||7,976,450|
|VCF||VD Int CRD Sec ETF ETF||114,305,000|
|VDBA||VNGD DIV Balance ETF||11,579,100|
|VDCO||VNGD DIV Conserv ETF||4,516,000|
|VDGR||VNGD DIV Growth ETF||19,028,800|
|VDHG||VNGD DIV High Growth ETF||45,418,800|
|VEQ||VGD Ftse Eur Shares ETF||169,689,000|
|VEU||VNGD All-World Ex-US||1,222,190,000|
|VGAD||VNGD Intl Shares H ETF||400,362,000|
|VGB||VNGD Aus GOV Bond ETF||135,186,000|
|VGE||VNGD Emerging MKTS ETF||212,920,000|
|VGS||VNGD Intl Shares ETF||978,805,000|
|VHY||VNGD Aus High Yield ETF||1,023,720,000|
|VIF||VD Int (Hedged) ETF ETF||168,633,000|
|VLC||VNGD Aus Large ETF||79,459,800|
|VSO||VNGD Aus Small ETF||158,550,000|
|VTS||VNGD US Total Market||1,258,900,000|
|WDIV||SPDR Global Dividend ETF||175,694,000|
|WDMF||Ishares Edge WLD MF ETF||29,488,400|
|WEMG||SPDR Emerging MKTS ETF||21,184,500|
|WRLD||Beta Managed Risk GL Trading||30,878,200|
|WVOL||Ishares Edgewld Mvol ETF||10,258,300|
|WXHG||SPDR World Ex OZ HDG ETF||81,492,600|
|WXOZ||SPDR World Ex OZ ETF||174,093,000|
|YANK||Beta Strong Usd Trading||14,060,000|
|ZCNH||ETFs Renminbi ETF||494,000|
|ZGOL||ETFs Physicalgold ETF||13,829,300|
|ZUSD||ETFs US Dollar ETF||12,928,500|
|ZYAU||ETFs ASX300 Yield ETF||53,180,200|
|ZYUS||ETFs S&P500 Yield ETF||51,775,500|
How many ASX-listed ETFs are there?
There's over 150 ETFs and the number is growing rapidly with a combined market capitalisation over $35B.
The number of ETF investors in September 2017 was 314,000 which was up 18% from 12months prior.
Who invests in ETFs?
The average ETF investor 49 years old. One in 4 is retired, 33% invest via a SMSF and 56% intend to re-invest in ETFs in 2018.
Of the 125,000 new investors in 2018, 35,000 (39%) are expected to be Millennials.
The profile of an ETF investor is changing over time. The average age an investor first started investing in ETFs has fallen from 56 5 years ago to 42 in 2017.
Millennial are now (by proportion) the most likely demographic to invest in ETFs in 2018. 38% expect to use ETFs in their investment portfolio as compared to just 27% of Baby Boomers.
All ASX ETFs Grouped by Benchmark - compiled by Market Index.
Statistics on this page - provided by BetaShares.
ETF Course - on the ASX Website.