What are ETFs?
Learn About ETFs

Learn About ETFs

'ETFs' Exchange Traded Funds are managed funds that are traded on the ASX just like shares. Here you can learn about ETFs, the benefits of ETFs, how ETFs work and how to use ETFs in your portfolio.

Since first being launched in 1989 ETFs have grown in popularity throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Although relatively new to Australia, use of ETFs is growing exponentially as they become a widely accepted investment solution for all types of investors.

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Founded in 1955, VanEck was among the first asset managers helping investors achieve greater diversification through global investing. Today we are recognised for being a pioneer in global markets and for drawing on our experience to offer innovative solutions. We offer these solutions to individual investors and institutions, including endowments, foundations, pension plans and private banks.

VanEck is one of the world’s largest Exchange Traded Product (ETP) issuers. In Australia our range of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offer investors intelligently designed investment strategies that take advantage of targeted market opportunities.

With offices in key financial centres and regions including New York, Sydney, Shanghai, Frankfurt, Madrid and Zurich, VanEck offers investors broad investment reach with deep experience.

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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are becoming more popular in Australia.

What are ETFs?


Exchange Traded Funds combine characteristics of traditional unlisted index managed funds with the benefits of listed shares. They pool the money of lots of individual investors which is then invested efficiently in a large portfolio of securities managed by a professional fund manager. Units in ETFs can be traded easily on the ASX throughout the day.

ETFs offer
  • Lower fees than actively managed funds
  • Greater transparency - you see all your holdings on a daily basis
  • Tax efficiency
  • Liquidity - buy and sell on exchange just like a share
Why Indices Matter

Why Indices Matter

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Inside on ETF

Inside an ETF

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Underlying Liquidity

Underlying Liquidity

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Investing in ETFs


Listen to the VanEck team explain how you may use an ETF or many ETFs in your portfolio by VanEck Vectors ETFs  

How to Invest


Investing in ETFs is as simple as investing in shares. Just like any other share listed on the ASX, you can buy an ETF through a stockbroker or a licensed financial adviser during normal trading hours using the same strategies with trading shares (market, stop and limits orders).

How to use ETFs


There many types of ways you may use an ETF in your portfolio. In consultation with your financial adviser or stock broker you may use one or a few of the approaches below:

  • Core & Satellite Approach
  • Tactical / Dynamic Asset Allocation
  • Sector Tilting
  • Cash Equitisation
  • Completion Strategy
  • Opportunistic
  • Pairs Trading


Cost Effective
  • One trade = one cost
  • Lower management fees
  • Daily disclosure of portfolio holdings
  • Price updates throughout the trading day
Tax efficient
  • Typically lower turnover reduces capital gains
  • Capital gains tax advantages
  • Instant exposure to a suite of stocks via a single trade
  • Investors buy and sell at or close to the NAV any time during the trading day

A Lesson in Tax


Over 30 years of tax experience summarised in a few short minutes. Listen to Michael Brown, Director of Finance, Tax and Operations at VanEck Australia as he presents three tax lessons in three minutes by VanEck Vectors ETFs  

Tax advantages of ETFs


VanEck Vectors ETFs


VanEck Vectors ETFs are purpose-built. What this means is that they have been designed with consideration to an investment outcome. Our ETFs offer investors the most representative and comprehensive portfolio for a given market exposure. Here you will find three core offerings across Australian equities, International equities, and Global Infrastructure. Building blocks for your portfolio.

VanEck Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF
(ASX Code: QUAL) Access international quality companies with one trade.


Savvy investors have employed the Quality Factor over time and over varying market cycles. Here the team at VanEck describe the Quality Factor and how you can use it. By VanEck Vectors  

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

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Fund Flyer

Fund Flyer

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VanEck Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF
(ASX Code: MVW) Equal Weight. Unequalled Opportunity.


The Australian Equity market is one of the most heavily concentrated in the world. Listen to the VanEck team introduce MVW, the first fund of its kind in Australia, one that equally weights Australia's largest and most liquid stocks by VanEck Vectors ETFs  

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

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Fund Flyer

Fund Flyer

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VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF
(ASX Code: IFRA) Build on solid foundations with infrastructure.


Listen to the VanEck team discuss how infrastructure can benefit your portfolio.by VanEck Vectors ETFs  

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

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Fund Flyer

Fund Flyer

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Smart Beta


Arian Neiron and Vanessa Marks from VanEck Australia introduce smart beta and why it is becoming so popular

What is smart beta?


Smart beta is an index strategy that involves a methodology that differs from traditional market capitalisation weighted benchmark indices, or beta. Smart beta indices therefore perform differently to beta. They could be thought of as the intersection of active and passive management, combining the best of both worlds: the potential for outperformance, transparent, rules based and low cost.

Institutional investors have been using smart beta for years. It is now becoming more widely used and accepted by all types of investors. Smart beta strategies are typically attractive compared to active management due to:

  • cost effectiveness;
  • explicit rules based methodology;
  • transparency; and
  • potential for better risk-adjusted performance.

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