What’s an ETF?

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offer exposure to the Australian and international markets, without having to select the companies you want to invest in yourself. ETFs are traded like shares, but structured like a managed fund.

Often an ETF will be made up of companies representing a particular market index (like the S&P/ASX 200 ETF, for example). It’s also common for an ETF to be structured to hold particular assets – international shares, for example, or listed property.

It’s a great way to gain exposure to a specific sector or asset class.

Here are the ETFs we offer.1

Australian shares

ASX Code Description MER%

VAS

Vanguard Australian Shares Index

The Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF provides exposure to approximately 290-300 of the largest companies and property trusts listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). It is a low-cost, diversified investment option, which through its buy and hold investment approach offers investors the potential for tax-effective returns.

0.14%

VSO

Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index

The Vanguard® MSCI Australian Small Companies Index ETF provides a low cost way to invest in a portfolio of the smallest Australian companies (by market capitalisation) listed on the ASX.

0.30%

ILC

iShares S&P/ASX 20 ETF

The iShares S&P/ASX 20 ETF aims to provide investors with the performance of the S&P/ASX 20 Accumulation Index before fees and expenses. This index is composed of the 20 largest securities listed on the ASX that are actively traded and highly liquid.

0.24%
STW

SPDR S&P/ASX 200 ETF

SPDR S&P/ASX 200 seeks to closely match, before fees and expenses, the returns of the S&P/ASX 200 Index. The investment manager’s approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

0.19%

VHY

Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield

Investors with longer term investment objectives often have requirements for regular income and capital growth. The Vanguard Australian Shares High Yield ETF is an equity portfolio that provides a tax-effective income stream with the potential for capital growth in the one investment.

0.25%

Listed property

ASX Code Description MER%

VAP

Vanguard Australian Properties Securities Index

The Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF provides a low cost way to invest in a portfolio across a range of retail, office, industrial, tourism, and multi sector (diversified) property securities. These securities are real estate investment trusts and companies that own real estate assets, and derive a significant portion of their revenue from rental income.

0.23%

DJRE

Dow Jones Global Real Estate Fund

The SPDR Dow Jones Global Real Estate Fund seeks to provide investment return, before fees and other costs, that closely correspond to the performance of the Dow Jones Global Select Real Estate Securities Index.

0.50%

International shares

ASX Code Description MER%

VTS

Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index

The Vanguard US Total Market Shares Index ETF seeks to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index, providing investors with exposure to a broadly diversified collection of securities that, in the aggregate, approximates the full index in terms of key characteristics.

0.04%

VEU

Vanguard All-World ex-US Shares Index

The Vanguard® All-World ex-US Shares Index ETF seeks to track the performance of the FTSE All-World ex US Index, a free-float-adjusted market capitalisation-weighted index, designed to measure the investment return of international markets.

0.11%

WDIV

SPDR S&P Global Dividend Fund

The SPDR S&P Global Dividend Fund seeks to provide investment returns, before fees and other costs, that closely correspond to the performance of the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index.

0.50%

VGE

Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Shares ETF

The Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets Shares ETF seeks to track the performance of the FTSE Emerging Index (with net dividends reinvested) in Australian dollars before taking into account fees, expenses and tax.

0.48%

VGS

Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares

The Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares ETF seeks to track the return of the MSCI World ex-Australia (with net dividends reinvested), in Australian dollars Index, before fees, expenses and tax. This ETF provides an unhedged exposure to many of the world’s largest companies listed in major developed countries outside Australia.

0.18%
VGAD

Vanguard MSCI Index International Shares (Hedged)

This ETF is a hedged version of VGS and provides the same low cost access to a broadly diversified range of securities listed in many of the major developed economies outside Australia.

0.21%
IOO

iShares Global 100 ETF

The iShares Global 100 ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of 100 large cap global equities.

0.40%

Fixed income and cash

ASX Code Description MER%

VGB

Vanguard Australian Government Bond Index

The Vanguard Australian Government Bond Index ETF invests in securities (bonds) issued by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and Australian State Government financing authorities and treasury corporations. The fund offers a true to label fixed interest strategy that preserves the diversification and risk characteristics of the asset class by investing in a broad range of high grade securities.

0.20%

VCF

Vanguard International Credit Securities index (Hedged) ETF

The Vanguard International Credit Securities Index (Hedged) ETF provides a low cost hedged exposure to high quality, income generating securities issued by government-owned entities, government-guaranteed entities and investment-grade corporate bond issuers from around the world.

0.30%
VIF

Vanguard international Fixed Interest Index (Hedged) ETF

The Vanguard International Fixed interest Index (Hedged) ETF provides low-cost exposure to high-quality, income-generating securities issued by governments from around the world. The ETF invests in fixed income securities that generally range in credit quality from BBB- to AAA as rated by Standard & Poor’s or equivalent ratings agency.

0.20%
IAF

iShares Core Composite Bond ETF

The iShares Core Composite Bond ETF aims to provide investors with the performance of the Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+ Yr Index, before fees and expenses. The index is composed of investment grade fixed income bonds issued by the Australian Treasury, Australian semi-government entities, supranational and sovereign entities and corporate entities.

0.20%
ILB

iShares Government Inflation ETF

The iShares Government Inflation ETF aims to provide investors with the performance of the Bloomberg AusBond Inflation Government 0+ Yr Index, before fees and expenses. The fund is composed of fixed income bonds issued by the Australian Treasury or Australian semi-government entities.

0.26%

Commodities

ASX Code Description MER%

QAU

BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF - Currency Hedged

The BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF - Currency Hedged, is backed by physical gold bullion and tracks the performance of the price of gold bullion with a currency hedge against movements in the AUD/USD exchange rate (before fees and expenses). 

0.59%

Need more information?

You can find out more about ETFs in the Self Invest Guide, and the Self Invest Australian Shares and ETFs factsheet.

1. The ETFs available through Self Invest could change from time to time.