How to invest in Australia using ETFs

How do I invest in Australian stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole Australian stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

On the Australian stock market you find 2 indices, which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can invest in indices on the Pacific region. In these indices the weight of Australia varies. The MSCI Pacific contains less than 20% Australia, whereas the MSCI Pacific ex Japan weights Australia with around 60%.

0.40% p.a. - 0.50% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Australia ETFs
on the Australian stock market, which is tracked by ETFs
on the Australian stock market
The best indices for Australia ETFs

Performance of Australian stocks (S&P/ASX 200)

1 month: 0.73%
1 year: 32.12%
3 years: 23.61%
5 years: 38.42%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Australia

For an investment in the Australian stock market, 2 indices tracked by 3 ETFs are available. On the MSCI Australia index there is 1 ETF. On the S&P/ASX 200 index there are 2 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.40% p.a. and 0.50% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Australia

Australia 1 ETF 72
(31/10/16)
The MSCI Australia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Australia.
Index factsheet

S&P/ASX 200

Australia 2 ETFs 200
The S&P/ASX 200 index tracks the 200 largest and most actively traded Australian companies.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Australia UCITS ETFIE00B5377D42 871 0.50% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
db x-trackers S&P/ASX 200 UCITS ETF (DR) 1DLU0328474803 93 0.50% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor Australia (S&P ASX 200) UCITS ETF D-USDLU0496787036 16 0.40% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Australia -1.26% 4.83% 24.61% 34.25% 20.21%
S&P/ASX 200 -0.88% 3.96% 24.48% 34.53% 21.69%
Index   2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
2012
in %
S&P/ASX 200 27.93% -4.48% 1.96% 0.73% 17.05%
MSCI Australia 28.86% -5.75% 2.06% 1.34% 16.26%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/16; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 
Alternative investment opportunities

Pacific indices with a large share of Australia

Besides Australia ETFs, there are a number of ETFs on the Pacific stock markets with Australia exposure. In total, you can invest in 1 Pacific index tracked by 7 ETFs. The MSCI Pacific ex Japan Index has the largest share of Australian companies with 59.59%. The MSCI Pacific Index contains 19.81% Australia (as of 31/10/2016). The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on the Pacific region is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.60% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacific
Australia: 59.59%
(31/10/2016)
7 ETFs 151
(31/10/16)
The MSCI Pacific index tracks the equity markets of the developed markets in the Pacific region excluding Japan (Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand).
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETFIE00B52MJY50 551 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
db x-trackers MSCI Pacific ex Japan Index UCITS ETF (DR) 1CLU0322252338 399 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B4WXJD03 284 0.60% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0446734526 143 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF D-USDLU1220245556 86 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SG8Z57 30 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi ETF MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF DR USDFR0010871137 10 0.45% p.a. Accumulating France Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Pacific ex Japan -2.18% 5.10% 25.48% 33.24% 26.96%
Index   2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
2012
in %
MSCI Pacific ex Japan 28.88% -4.05% 5.30% 2.55% 18.82%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/16; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.