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Managed Fund

A managed fund is a pooled investment. Investors combine their money with other investors, and this pool of funds is managed by a fund manager. Investors will own units in the managed fund but not the underlying securities. 

Managed funds are either listed or unlisted. Listed managed funds trade on the share market. This means they can be bought or sold on the share market. Investors can access them by buying units through their broker. Unlisted managed funds are not traded on a share market. To purchase (or sell) units in an unlisted managed fund, you must buy (or sell) directly through the fund manager. 

Managed funds allow individuals to invest in assets or asset classes that may normally be difficult for an individual to access on their own, for example international markets. Additionally, they have diversification benefits and the fund is managed by a professional fund manager.
Instead of owning the underlying securities, investors buy units in the managed fund and will receive distributions according to the amount of units they hold.

Portability

At any time, you can terminate the fee arrangement with us and manage the securities yourself. You will have no capital gains tax (CGT) events triggered if you wish to transfer the listed securities held within your PMA to another broking account to self-manage (transfer fees may apply). 

Diversification

You can invest in model portfolios of listed securities covering a range of asset classes such as Australian equities, international equities, listed property and fixed income, combining investment expertise with complete administration of your portfolio including ongoing rebalancing and full tax reporting. 

Capped Investment Fees and low brokerage

Our investment management fees start at just $99 p.a. and capped at $451 p.a. for total investments over $82,000*. You can also benefit from low brokerage costs of $5.50 or 0.11% (whichever is greater on any buys or sells). Whether you’re investing $100,000 or $10M, you will never pay InvestSMART more than $451 p.a.* across our entire range of capped fee portfolios.

See the range of InvestSMART's diversified capped-fee portfolios here.

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When you invest in an Active ETF you are investing in a portfolio of many different assets. The Active ETF is actively managed by a portfolio manager and investment team. You will receive distributions of the fund’s net income.

 

Active ETFs are actively managed by a portfolio manager and investment team to generate alpha and outperform a set benchmark. To invest in an Active ETF you will need to buy some units using your broker. You will also pay a management fee which is usually included in the unit price and in return for investing in the Active ETF you will receive distributions of the Active ETF's net income.

 

Investing in an Active ETF means that you will own units in the fund but not the underlying securities or derivatives themselves.

They provide access to a range of asset classes and investment strategies that non-institutional investors may not ordinarily have access to, for example international equities, fixed income securities and currency markets. By investing in an Active ETF/EQMF you can achieve a level of diversification that would normally be too difficult to realise investing in each asset individually. Active ETFs/EQMFs also have no minimum investment requirements which makes them more accessible. They benefit investors who prefer an active investing strategy and want their money to outperform the benchmark.  

 

Furthermore, Active ETFs/EQMFs are a way of investing in an actively managed fund without the hassle of the paperwork required by traditional unlisted managed funds. With no waiting times and the ability to choose which price you invest in the fund, Active ETFs/EQMFs make investing more accessible. Investing more money is as simple as purchasing new units. Investments in Active ETFs/EQMFs are more liquid than traditional managed funds making them a more flexible choice.

A traditional unlisted managed fund often has minimum investment requirements that an Active ETF does not have. Managed funds are not listed on the exchange, and thus require much more paperwork to invest in the fund. Active ETFs, on the other hand, can be traded easily through a broker. Active ETFs can be traded like ordinary shares unlike managed funds.

The increased paperwork associated with traditional unlisted managed funds means that you may have to wait before your money gets invested. Active ETFs make investing more accessible by allowing you to invest quickly and hassle free with the help of your broker. This also means that investments in Active ETFs are more liquid than traditional unlisted managed funds.

Nothing, they are different names for the same investment vehicle. They are also sometimes known as listed managed funds, exchange quoted managed funds (EQMFs) or quoted managed funds. 

An Active ETF is a managed fund traded on a stock exchange. They function like managed funds, but traded like shares which can be bought and sold during trading day on the stock exchange. Active ETFs are actively managed by fund managers to generate alpha and outperform relevant benchmarks.

Active ETFs will aim to beat the benchmark using a number of active investing strategies. They operate in a similar way to traditional managed funds but have the benefit of transparent, live intra-day pricing and market making ability which ensures liquidity 

Investors invest in the Active ETF by using a stockbroker as if they were buying a share. Similarly, liquidating the investment follows a similar process to selling a share. This means that your Active ETF can be monitored and reported like any of your other shares.

Active ETFs are similar to the passively managed ETFs. Instead of using a passive investment strategy mimicking an index or other benchmark, Active ETFs have a fund manager who makes active decisions about what to invest in. Active ETFs aim to beat the benchmark or index whereas ETFs aim to follow the benchmark or index as closely as possible. Whilst Active ETFs will try to avoid falls in the benchmark, ETFs will go down when their benchmarks fall. As a result of an active investing strategy, Active ETFs will have higher fees to pay for the skill and experience of the fund manager.

Active ETFs and ETFs share similarities in that they are both listed on the exchange and investments in them are made through purchasing units via a broker.