What’s an ETF?

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 Resources Sector 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%

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.

0.05%

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%

WXHG

SPDR S&P World ex Australia (Hedged) Fund

The SPDR S&P World ex Australia (Hedged) Fund seeks to provide investment returns, before fees and other costs, that closely correspond to the performance of the S&P Developed ex Australia LargeMidCap AUD Hedged Index.

0.35%

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%

Fixed income

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%

Australian sector

ASX Code Description MER%

OZF

SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Financials ex A-REIT Fund

The SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Financials EX A-REIT Fund seeks to closely track, before fees and expenses, the returns of the S&P/ASX 200 Financials Ex A-REIT Index. This approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.

0.40%

OZR

SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Resources Fund

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

0.40%

Need more information?

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

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