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InvestSMART believes in diversification, lower fees and transparency. Whatever shape and size your financial goal comes in, we've got the solution for you.
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Our investment philosophy

Technology driven
Technology continues to drive innovation in our investment solutions and costs down. InvestSMART’s Professionally Managed Accounts (PMA) provides you direct ownership of a portfolio of securities managed by our investment team utilising data driven investment filters.
Goal focused
Reaching your financial goals is not about having a complicated strategy, it's far more important to be contributing often to a sound investment plan across a diverse range of asset to allow compounding returns work its magic.
Fee conscious
Compounded over time, even a small difference in fees can result in substantial differences to your return. Through ongoing technology advances, our goal is to continue to reduce the cost of investing.

Six benefits of investing with us

There are many benefits to investing with InvestSMART, but what really sets us apart from our peers is our long term consistent performance.
Performance
We continue to consistently outperform the majority of our peers after fees. Learn more about our performance.
Low Fees
Our investment fees are under 1% and capped at a maximum of $451 p.a. for our low cost ETF portfolios. Learn more about capped fees*.
Transparency
All securities held in your own name. View all your holdings, dividends paid, transaction history and fees charged.
Knowledge
Benefit from knowing what you're invested in and more importantly, why. Plus get access to a team of some of the most passionate analysts and portfolio managers in the business.
Flexibility
We make it easy to adjust your portfolio and switch between different investment models to suit your needs at every life stage.
Convenience
We do all the work for you. From setting up your account to ongoing rebalancing of your portfolio – so you're always on track achieving your goals.

Our Investment Solutions

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Investment Committee

The primary role of our Committee is to oversee the general management of our investment products - including the development of new products and ongoing monitoring of the Company's investments and its strategies.

  • Paul Clitheroe, AM
    Chairman
    Paul Clitheroe, AM
    Paul Clitheroe, AM AM, B.A. (UNSW), SNF Fin, CFP Chairman

    Paul has 37 years of investment experience and is regarded one of Australia's leading "money" experts. From 1993 to 2002, Paul hosted the popular Channel 9 program Money and now currently writes for newspapers across Australia, is a frequent guest expert on Australia's major television networks and radio.

    Paul is Chairman of The Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and Money Magazine. He also holds the Chair of Financial Literacy at Macquarie University.

  • Catherine Teo
    General Counsel
    Catherine Teo
    Catherine Teo B.Com, LLB (UNSW) General Counsel

    With over 10 years’ experience working as a corporate lawyer in both Sydney and New York City, Catherine is experienced in advising corporations on legal and governance matters. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW.

  • Ron Hodge
    Managing Director
    Ron Hodge
    Ron Hodge B.Com, B.Econ, MSc. Info Tech, GAICD, SF FIN Managing Director

    Ron has worked in financial services for over 25 years, including UBS in Singapore and Bell Commodities in Sydney and founded InvestSMART in 1999. Ron holds a Masters degree in Computer Science, Bachelor Degrees in Commerce and Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Alan Kohler, AM
    Editor-in-Chief
    Alan Kohler, AM
    Alan Kohler, AM Editor-in-Chief

    Alan has been covering business and markets as a financial journalist for 48 years, including two stints as the Financial Review’s Chanticleer columnist and periods as editor of The Age and the AFR. He also started Eureka Report in 2005 and Business Spectator in 2007.

    As well as being Editor-in-Chief of InvestSMART Group, Alan is currently finance presenter on ABC News, Business Editor at Large of The Australian, presenter of the Talking Business channel on Qantas radio and an adjunct professor in the business faculty at Victoria University.

  • Alastair Davidson
    Head of Funds Management
    Alastair Davidson
    Alastair Davidson B Ec (Hons), CA Head of Funds Management

    Alastair has held executive positions in the banking and financial services industry for over 27 years in the UK, USA and Australia. Prior to joining InvestSMART in 2014, he held Director positions with Aurora Funds Limited, Challenger and Salomon Smith Barney. Alastair has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of St Andrews and is currently the Treasurer of the Centenary Institute of Medical Research, Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Centenary Institute Endowment Fund and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

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FAQs

Still deciding if InvestSMART is right for you? These frequently asked questions may help.

The Standard Risk Measure (SRM) is a guide developed by the Financial Services Council (FSC) and The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) that outlines the likely number of negative annual returns expected over any 20 year period.

The purpose of the SRM is to provide a standardised labelling system to assist investors in comparing investment options across providers, as shown below in Figure 1, FSC/ASFA Standard Risk Measure Classifications.

Risk Label Estimated number of negative annual returns over any 20 year period
Very Low  Less than 0.5
Low  0.5 to less than 1
Low to Medium  1 to less than 2
Medium  2 to less than 3
Medium to High  3 to less than 4
High  4 to less than 6
Very High  6 or greater


Source: FSC/ASFA Standard Risk Measure Guidance Paper for Trustees, July 2011

 

We have adopted these risk rating guidelines and applied them to our products, as highlighted in Figure 2: InvestSMART Group Investment Products' SRM:

InvestSMART Group Investment Products SRM

It should be noted, however, that the SRM is not a complete assessment of all forms of investment risk. For instance, it does not detail what the size of a negative return could be or the potential for a positive return to be less than a member may require to meet their objectives. As such, it should be used as a guide and as with any investment, investors should ensure they are comfortable with the risks and potential losses associated with their chosen investment option(s). Any information should be considered general in nature and before making any investment decisions, please ensure that you read all relevant disclosure documents related to that product.

An Exchange Traded Fund, or ETF, is a type of managed fund where the underlying securities comprising this fund mimic an Index. Indices are created by ratings agencies to represent a subset of the stock market e.g. the largest companies trading on the Australian Stock Exchange is represented by the All Ordinaries Index. An ETF aims to invest directly in those companies making up a particular Index. As the companies/stocks/securities have already been determined in the Index an ETF is aiming to replicate, the level of funds management required is minimal compared to other types of managed funds where active investment decisions are required. Investing in ETFs are a form of passive investing and generally incur cheaper management fees, as fewer investment decisions are required in terms of managing an ETF.

Yes, when setting up an investment or at any point during your investment you are able to set up a direct debit regular contribution plan for a minimum of $100 per month. This can be altered at any point. Existing investors can find this form by going to the Forms section of InvestSMART Funds section of the Portfolio Manager or by emailing invest@investsmart.com.au.

Yes. You can invest in as many or as few of the portfolios as you like. You can allocate a specific weight to each model and choose to have it rebalanced on a regular basis or have the percentages floating as the models change in value.

Under our Professionally Managed Accounts, you will gain the following benefits:
1. Professionally managed investment portfolio: An investment portfolio managed by InvestSMART's investment team.
2. You own the securities: The investor holds legal ownership and the underlying securities are registered under your name.
3. Reporting: Complete end of year Accounting and tax reporting is provided on your investment. 
4. Transparency: Investors are provided full visibility of all stocks held in your portfolio.
5. Tailored & Unique Portfolio: Under a PMA, we offer multiple model portfolios to choose from so that you can create a customised and diversified portfolio to suit your individual needs. Our model portfolios will differ in the levels of risk and return, and each model offers a different investment emphasis (such as Australian & international equities, property securities, international ETFs, etc).
6. Account Management: The paperwork and administration is taken care of, reducing the administrative burden on investors.
7. Tax effective: You only pay tax on gains & income you received.
8. Inflows & outflows: Your investment will not be impacted by the decisions of other model portfolio investors. An example of this is when a pooled investment like a managed fund receives redemption requests at the bottom of the market and is a forced seller at the worst time.
9. Flexibility with income/distributions: Choose to receive the dividends directly into an account of your choice or set up a regular payment or request drawdowns on an adhoc basis.