An exchange traded fund (ETF) is similar to a managed fund but it has shares listed on the stock exchange which can be bought or sold just like a share.

ETFs typically invest in a basket of shares to mimic a particular index. Managed funds invest pooled money in the stock market but you can’t trade them on the stock exchange – you buy ‘units in a managed fund.

There is a huge range of managed funds and many have a specific investment niche and varying degrees of active or passive management.

Both ETFs and managed funds can be a low-cost way to gain exposure to a preferred market or index with just one purchase. ETFs and managed funds can also be compared to listed investment companies and trusts.

Managing risk in Exchange Traded Funds

This Equity article explores the advantages and disadvantages with using ETFs as well as ways to manage ETF risk.

Exchange traded funds explained

A straightforward yet in-depth video explanation of ETFs.

Latest in ETFs

Compare exchange traded funds, read the latest articles on ETFs and scroll down to the bottom of the page to consider risks, what to look for and read a case study.

Exchange traded funds (ETFs)

ETFs can be a simple and low-cost way to get investment returns similar to a share index or another underlying asset. Moneysmart explains the risks and what you need to know before you invest.

Choosing a managed fund

Here are two articles from Equity magazine to help you choose a managed fund:

Managed funds explained

Moneysmart explains how managed funds work, the pros and cons and outlines the steps to investing in managed funds.

Compare managed funds

Use Canstar’s comparison tool to compare managed funds, read the latest information and scroll down to the bottom of the page on some hints on how to analyse and compare funds.

Investing in managed funds

The ASX talks about the different types of listed managed funds and explains the mFund settlement service that enables investors to buy and sell units in some unlisted managed funds via a broker.