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How we Built the First Australian ETF

James Ross, often referred to as the Godfather of ETFs, and Chairman of the Global SPDR Business at State Street Global Advisors, discusses how we built Australia’s first ETFs.



The year we created the first Australian ETFs



Track record in managing indexed strategies globally



Amount in assets under management globally (US$ Billion) 1

State Street SPDR ETFs

Following the launch of the first US-listed exchange traded fund (ETF) in 1993, State Street Global Advisors decided to bring the benefits of ETF investing to Australia. We launched the SPDR® S&P®/ASX 200 Fund (STW) and the SPDR® S&P®/ASX 50 Fund (SFY) on 27 August 2001, offering investors instant diversification potential in a low cost, simple, tax efficient and easily accessible investment.

What is an ETF?

As a pioneer in the global ETF industry, we strive to share our in-depth knowledge of ETFs to help investors realise their financial goals.

Our selection of insights offers a range of topics to help you make the right investment decisions – from learning about what is an ETF, to the key benefits they offer, and even a method to select the best smart beta strategy for you.     

More information

1. Morningstar, as of June 30, 2019