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ETFs - Australian Shares

If you would like to invest in Australian shares, but don’t have the experience or interest required to choose the shares of individual companies, ETFs might be a good option.

In my case, I have been an active share investor for all of my investing career. But it takes a lot of time to filter for potential investments, do detailed research and keep up with the progress of the company after initial purchase. While the returns (so far) have been worth the effort, I am considering moving at least part of my Australian equity allocation into ETFs as I approach financial independence. After all, what is the point of being financially free if you spend all of your time managing your investments?

What follows is a list of all of the ASX listed ETFs which provide access to Australian shares. They each have slightly different flavors and follow different indexes so there is plenty to choose from.

ASX Code Name Benchmark Management Fee
ZOZI ANZ ETFS S&P/ASX 100 ETF S&P/ASX 100 Index 0.24%
QOZ BetaShares FTSE RAFI Australia 200 ETF FTSE RAFI Australia 200 0.3%
IOZ iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF S&P/ASX 200 0.19%
ILC iShares S&P/ASX 20 ETF S&P/ASX 20 0.24%
ISO iShares S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries ETF S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries 0.55%
MVW Market Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF Market Vectors Australia Equal Weight Index 0.35%
MVS Market Vectors Small Cap Dividend Payers ETF Market Vectors Australia Small-Cap Dividend Payers Index 0.49%
STW SPDR 200 Fund S&P/ASX 200 0.19%
SFY SPDR 50 Fund S&P/ASX 50 0.28%
SSO SPDR S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Fund S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries 0.5%
UBA UBS IQ MSCI Australia Ethical MSCI Australia ex Tobacco ex Controversial Weapons Index 0.17%
VAS Vanguard Australian Shares Index S&P/ASX 300 0.15%
VLC Vanguard MSCI Australian Large Companies Index MSCI Large Cap Index 0.2%
VSO Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index MSCI Small Cap Index 0.3%