Chapter 2: Understanding Exchange Traded Funds

TONY KAYE
30 September 2020
If you had to pick the most remarkable success story on world share markets over recent times, it would be difficult to look past exchange traded funds.

Most commonly known as ETFs, these investment funds have grown from a standing start 30 years ago into an industry that manages around $9 trillion in assets on behalf of millions of investors worldwide.

In Australia, investors have close to $70 billion of assets spread across many different ETF products listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Australian ETF Industry Size
Australian investors have close to $70 billion of assets in ETF products

Learn about how to choose an ETF in the next chapter.

Head back to the Ultimate Guide to ETFs

The table below displays some of the International Broad Based ETFs available on our database with the highest three-year returns (sorted highest to lowest by three-year returns and then alphabetically by provider name). Use Canstar’s ETF comparison selector to view a wider range of products. Canstar may earn a fee for referrals.


About Tony Kaye

Tony KayeTony Kaye is Senior Personal Finance Writer at Vanguard. He was a former manager at Standard & Poor’s Ratings and has a regular column in the Australian’s Wealth section. Tony has also written for newspapers nationally; The Telegraph, The Herald-Sun, The Advertiser, The Courier Mail, NT News, Canberra Times and more. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Journalism at Curtin University and Public Relations at RMIT University.

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