Invest in Australia With This List of Australian ETFs

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If you have an interest in gaining exposure to Australian markets, then you may want to consider investing in an Australia ETF. Whether it's to diversify a portfolio, hedge some foreign or commodity risk, or even just make a play on the Australian economy, there are a few ETFs that may fit your needs.

And while you can hunt for the best stocks on the Australia market to gain access to Australia's economy, investing in an ETF might make things a little easier.

Not only do you get the benefits of ETFs like tax advantages and lower fees, but you also get simplicity. Once transaction can gain you instant exposure to the many industries and companies in Australia.

But don't take my word for it, check out some Australia ETFs for yourself. Conduct the research and decide which funds are the best for your investing strategy. And while there are not many Australian ETFs, that may change over time and the list will be updated.

List of Australia ETFs

  • AUSE - Wisdom Tree Australia Dividend Fund

WisdomTree Australia Dividend Fund seeks to track the investment results of dividend-paying companies in the Australian equity market

  • DBAU - Deutsche X-Trackers MSCI Australia Hedged Equity ETF

Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Australia Hedged Equity ETF (DBAU) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Australia U.S. Dollar Hedged Index.

DBAU offers investors purer access to Australian equities while mitigating exposure to fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and the Australian dollar.

  • EWA - iShares MSCI Australia Index ETF

The iShares MSCI Australia ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of Australian equities and gives investors exposure to large and mid-sized companies in Australia with targeted access to 85% of the Australian stock market.

  • FAUS - First Trust Australia AlphaDex Fund

The First Trust Australia Alpha DEX Fund is an exchange-traded fund. The investment objective of the Fund is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before the Fund's fees and expenses, of an equity index called the NASDAQ Alpha DEX Australia Index.

  • FXA - Currency Shares Australian Dollar Trust ETF

Currency Shares Australian Dollar Trust is designed to track the price of the Australian Dollar

  • KROO - IQ Australia Small-Cap ETF

The IQ Australia Small Cap ETF seeks to track, before fees and expenses, the performance of the IQ Australia Small Cap Index.The market cap-weighted Index seeks to provide investors with a means of tracking the overall performance of small cap Australian companies.

  • CROC - ProShares Ultra Short Australian Dollar ETF

ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, that correspond to two times the inverse (-2x) of the daily performance of the U.S. Dollar price of the Australian Dollar. This Short ProShares ETF seeks a return that is -2x the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next.

Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily

And while this is a decent list, we did lose a few Austraila ETFs over the course of time, so here are some of those funds that are no longer trading...

List of Australian ETFs and ETNs that Have Been Delisted or Redeemed

  • GDAY - The ProShares Ultra Australian Dollar ETF
  • EWAS - iShares MSCI Australia Small Cap
  • HAUD - iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Australia ETF
  • EAS - iShares MSCI Australia Small Cap ETF
  • AUD - Pimco Australia Bond ETF

Hopefully, these lists help you with your trading strategies targeting down under. To give you even more funds to research, I'd be remiss if I didn't include funds that target New Zealand as well.

List of New Zealand ETFs

There are only two on the market right now, one from Wisdom Tree and one from iShares, but as more come to market or if any stop trading, I'll be sure to update this list.

ENZL - iShares MSCI New Zealand Investable Market Index Fund

The iShares MSCI New Zealand Capped ETF seeks to track the investment results of a broad-based index composed of New Zealand equities. And some of the top holdings in the fund and the benchmark are Fletcher Building Limited, Spark New Zealand, Aukland International Airport, and Fisher and Paykel Health Care.

And the top sectors represented in the fund are Utilities, Industrials, Health Care and Consumer Discretionary. For more information about the fund, you can visit the ENZL fact sheet on the iShares Website.

AUNZ - Wisdom Tree Australian & New Zealand Debt ETF

WisdomTree Australia & New Zealand Debt Fund seeks a high level of total returns consisting of both income and capital appreciation. The Fund attempts to achieve its investment objective through investment in debt securities denominated in Australian or New Zealand Dollars. For more information about the fund, you can visit the AUNZ fact sheet on the Wisdom Tree Website

Bottom Line on Down-Under ETFs

There you have it, eight Australian ETFs and two more New Zealand funds to boot. If you have an interest in any of these ETFs or ETNs, make sure to research each product thoroughly before making any trades. Make sure you understand what is in each fund, how they react to different market conditions and most importantly, make sure you understand the risks associated with each of these ETFs.

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to consult a financial professional such as your broker, a financial advisor, or even the ETF providers as well. However, once you feel you've conducted your due diligence and select any of these ETFs (long or short) for your portfolio, then good luck with all of your trades.

Disclaimer: As of the publication of this article, I do not have any open positions in any of the above New Zealand or Australia ETFs - Mark Kennedy