What are Australian share ETFs?
Similar in structure to a traditional managed fund, an ETF is an investment fund that is bought and sold on a stock exchange just like any share.
Australian share ETFs give you investment exposure to companies listed on the Australian sharemarket and typically aim to closely track the performance of a sharemarket index. However, not all Australian share exchange-traded funds are passively managed, and these funds can be identified by having the label “managed fund” or “hedge fund” in their names.
Why invest in Australian shares via ETFs?
- Diversification in a single trade – You can buy our Funds just like any share on the ASX but, unlike a share in a single company, our Australian share funds provide exposure to a portfolio of shares, and so provide instant diversification, which reduces stock-specific investment risk in your portfolio.
- Simple to access – Investing in one of our Funds is as simple as buying a share on the ASX.
- Transparent – Portfolio holdings, value of the Fund’s assets and net asset value (NAV) per unit are available daily on our website.
How to build a portfolio with Australian share ETFs
As the Australian ETF industry has developed and matured, many investment options are now available for investors looking for Australian shares to buy. Investors are using Australian share ETFs and other funds to invest in the broad Australian sharemarket, in a particular sector, such as Australian technology, financial services or mining shares, to gain exposure to high-dividend paying Australian shares, and in various other strategies.
BetaShares has a suite of Funds which give you a simple way to construct the Australian shares component of your portfolio.
Types of Australian share ETFs
Our range of Australian share ETFs and other funds gives you a variety of investment options, including:
- Broad sharemarket exposure
- Exposure to a sector of the Australian sharemarket
- High-income strategies
- Managed risk strategies
- Ethical investing
- Geared funds
- Short funds
Australian share ETFs that generate income
BetaShares has a number of exchange-traded products where the primary objective of the Fund is to generate income, and which pay income distributions either monthly or quarterly to investors.
An important consideration when investing for income is that Funds which are designed with an income focus in mind may tilt the composition of investment returns away from capital growth and towards income generation. It’s important to consider whether this focus suits your financial circumstances and investment objectives.
Broad Australian Share Funds
|A200||BetaShares Australia 200 ETF - Gain exposure to the 200 largest companies on the ASX at an ultra-low management fee of just 0.07% p.a.||Download|
|SMLL||BetaShares Australian Small Companies Select Fund (managed fund) - Access growth and income opportunities from a high-quality portfolio of profitable Australian small companies.||Download|
|EX20||BetaShares Australian Ex-20 Portfolio Diversifier ETF - A cost-effective way to diversify your portfolio, by investing in the 180 largest companies on the Australian sharemarket outside the top 20.||Download|
|QOZ||BetaShares FTSE RAFI Australia 200 ETF - Access to a ‘fundamentally weighted’ index of 200 large Australian companies that aims to outperform traditional market capitalisation-weighted benchmarks without the active management fees.||Download|
|YMAX||BetaShares Australian Top 20 Equity Yield Maximiser Fund (managed fund) - Opportunity to generate high income from Australia’s top 20 blue-chip companies.||Download|
|HVST||BetaShares Australian Dividend Harvester Fund (managed fund) Access an attractive, tax-effective monthly income stream from Australian shares, along with the potential for reduced risk during sustained market declines.||Download|
|RINC||BetaShares Legg Mason Real Income Fund (managed fund) - Opportunity to earn attractive, sustainable income, expected to rise with inflation, from an actively managed portfolio of companies that own ‘hard’ physical assets, such as property, utilities and infrastructure.||Download|
|EINC||BetaShares Legg Mason Equity Income Fund (managed fund) - Opportunity to earn an attractive and growing income stream, paid quarterly, from an actively managed portfolio of high-yielding, high-quality Australian shares.||Download|
|QFN||BetaShares Australian Financials Sector ETF - Gain diversified exposure to the biggest companies in Australia’s financial sector.||Download|
|QRE||BetaShares Australian Resources Sector ETF - Gain diversified exposure to the biggest companies in Australia’s resources sector.||Download|
|ATEC||BetaShares S&P/ASX Australian Technology ETF - Invest in a diversified portfolio of Australia’s leading ASX-listed technology companies.||Download|
|BEAR||BetaShares Australian Equities Bear Hedge Fund - A simple way to seek to profit from, or protect against, a falling Australian sharemarket. BEAR is designed to go up when the market goes down (and vice versa).||Download|
|BBOZ||BetaShares Australian Equities Strong Bear Hedge Fund - A simple way to seek to profit from, or protect against, a falling Australian sharemarket. BBOZ is designed to generate magnified positive returns when the market goes down (and vice versa).||Download|
Investing involves risk. The value of an investment and income distributions can go down as well as up. Funds that use gearing magnify both gains and losses and may not be suitable for all investors. Before making an investment decision you should consider the relevant product disclosure statement (available at www.betashares.com.au) and your particular circumstances, including your tolerance for risk, and obtain financial advice. An investment in any Fund should only be considered as a component of a broader portfolio.