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Celebrating 20 Years of ETF Investing

If we go back 20 years ago, who would have known that a tradable basket of securities would be one of the most innovative products to disrupt the investment landscape. The Australian exchange traded fund (ETF) industry was born on the 27 August 2021 with the launch of the SPDR® S&P®/ASX 200 Fund (STW) and the SPDR® S&P®/ASX 50 Fund (SFY).


A Little Bit Goes A Long Way


Source: State Street Global Advisors, as at 30 June 2021.

Past Performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Total returns are historical and include change in share value and reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, if any. Cumulative total returns are reported as of the period indicated.

Source: State Street Global Advisors, as at 30 June 2021.

Past Performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Total returns are historical and include change in share value and reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, if any. Cumulative total returns are reported as of the period indicated.


Why ETFs?


ETFs may be an attractive holding because they offer:

  • Diversification ETFs usually track an index, so investors can get a basket of holdings in one trade
  • Low cost ETFs generally have lower fees than managed funds
  • Liquidity ETFs trade daily on exchange, and have multiple layers of liquidity through the unique creation/redemption mechanism, enabling investors to trade whenever the market is open
  • Transparency Investors can see the exact holdings in an ETF on a daily basis
  • Tax efficiency ETFs are generally more tax efficient than other investment vehicles due to the ability to transfer securities in and out of the portfolio in the most tax-efficient manner

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