Smartshares Investment

Access a wide selection of domestic and global Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) with Smartshares! Smartshares is a member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX), creating the first ETF back in 1996. Smartshares allows you to invest across the main classes of cash, bonds, shares, and property with ease. You can build up a portfolio of securities that:

  • Tracks the performance of a specific index, like the NZ Top 10 Fund (TNZ) comprising the 10 largest listed companies on the NZX.
  • Outperform a specific index, like the Global Bond Fund which aims to outperform the Barclays Global Aggregate Index.

You can easily buy and sell Smartshares, as the funds themselves are listed on NZX like individual shares. This allows investors to purchase them through regulated stockbrokers and financial advisers, in addition to buying them directly.

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Why choose Smartshares NZ?

As a member of the NZX Group, Smartshares is supervised by the New Zealand Public Trust government organisation, making it safe to invest in. However, it’s important to note that unlike Simplicity, Smartshares is not an investment service provider.  It operates only to issue ETFs for the NZX, as well as sell overseas ETFs.

Smartshares ETFs are sorted into six categories:

SmartLARGE

These list the biggest companies in NZ and offshore.

  • Smartshares NZ Top 50 (FNZ) - This has an annual fund fee of 0.50% and invests in the 50 largest companies in NZ.
  • Smartshares NZ Top 10 (TNZ) - This has an annual fund fee of 0.60%, but only invests in the 10 largest NZ companies.
  • AUS Top 20 (OZY) - This fund invests in the 20 largest listed Australian companies with an annual fund fee of 0.60%.
  • US 500 (USF) - This fund invests in the American S&P 500 Index, which includes companies like Apple and Coca-Cola. It has an annual fund fee of 0.34%.
  • EUROPE (EUF) - This fund invests in Europe’s largest companies, both in the EU and all over the UK. It has a 0.55% annual fund fee.
  • ASIA PACIFIC (APA) - This invests in Asia and Australia’s largest companies, with an annual fund fee of 0.55%.
  • EMERGING MARKETS (EMF) - With an annual fund fee of 0.59%, this fund invests in companies within emerging markets like China, Brazil, Taiwan, and South Africa.
  • TOTAL WORLD (TWF) - The TWF invests in large American and global companies, with an annual fund fee of 0.56%.
  • US LARGE VALUE (USV) - This is a fund that invests in the largest American companies, with an annual fund fee of 0.51%.
  • US LARGE GROWTH (USG) - This fund invests primarily in growth shares in the US, with an annual fund fee of 0.51% as well.

SmartMEDIUM

This invests in medium-sized companies

  • NZ MID CAP (MDZ) - This fund invests in mid-sized companies in NZ, with an annual fund fee of 0.60%.
  • AUS MID CAP (MZY) - This invests in Australian mid-sized companies, with an annual fee fund of 0.75%.
  • US MID CAP (USM) - This fund invests in mid-sized American companies, with an annual fee fund of 0.51%.

SmartSMALL

This invests in small American companies listed on the stock exchange.

  • US SMALL CAP (USS) - A fund that invests in small US companies and has an annual fund fee of 0.51%.

SmartINCOME

This fund is for those looking for safe debt by investing in companies with good financial health both in NZ and globally.

  • NZ BOND (NZB) - With an annual fund fee of 0.54%, this fund invests in NZ-issued bonds, whether corporate or government, gaining a fixed percentage of interest.
  • NZ CASH (NZC) - Invests in term bank deposits in NZ, with an annual fund fee of 0.33%.
  • GLOBAL BOND (GBF) - This fund invests in both corporate and government bonds equally, and has an annual fund fee of 0.54%.

SMARTDIVIDEND

Try this fund if you’re interested in investing in profitable companies that pay the highest dividends in the Australian and NZ market. It’s especially useful if you’re into companies that prioritise return dividends over growth.

  • AUS DIVIDEND (ASD) - Invest in Australia’s top 50 dividend-paying companies, with an annual fund fee of 0.54%.
  • NZ DIVIDEND (DIV) - Invest in NZ’s top 25 dividend-paying companies, with an annual fund fee of 0.54%.

SMARTSECTOR

These funds are for those interested in investing in Australian and New Zealand commercial properties.

  • AUS PROPERTY (ASP) - Invest in Australian companies that deal with commercial real estate. The annual fund fee is 0.54%.
  • AUS RESOURCES (ASR) - This fund is for those looking to invest in Australian companies dealing with the energy sector, metals, and mining industry. It has an annual fund fee of 0.54%.
  • AUS FINANCIALS (ASF) - Invest in shares in Australian banks and insurance companies with this fund. The annual fund fee is 0.54%.

Smartshare Funds NZ Investment Types

Core Series

This is Smartshare NZ’s low cost range ETF, providing investors with the core elements for their investment portfolios with eight different funds to choose from:

  • S&P/NZK 50 ETF (NZG
  • US 500 ETF (USF)
  • TOTAL WORLD (NZD HEDGED) ETF (TWH)
  • GLOBAL AGGREGATE BOND ETF (AGG)
  • S&P/ASX 200 ETF (AUS)
  • TOTAL WORLD ETF (TWF)
  • S&P/NZX NZ GOVERNMENT BOND ETF (NGB)
  • NZ CASH ETF (NZC)

New Zealand Shares

Invest in a comprehensive range of low cost funds in companies listed in NZ. Choose from six funds offered by Smartshares:

  • NZ TOP 50 ETF (FNZ)
  • NZ TOP 10 ETF (TNZ)
  • NZ MID CAP ETF (MDZ)
  • NZ DIVIDEND ETF (DIV)
  • NZ PROPERTY ETF (NPF)
  • S&P/NZX 50 ETF (NZG)

Australian Shares

These ETFs cover the main Australian indices and sectors, like resources and financials. All funds listed in the NZX are priced in NZ dollars. Choose from a total of seven funds:

  • AUS TOP 20 ETF (OZY)
  • AUS MID CAP ETF (MZY)
  • AUS DIVIDEND ETF (ASD)
  • AUS PROPERTY ETF (ASP)
  • AUS RESOURCES ETF (ASR)
  • AUS FINANCIALS ETF (ASF)
  • S&P/ASX 200 ETF (AUS)

US SHARES

Try Smartshares US Shares ETF for low-cost access to a range of US companies through NZ’s listed funds. Choose from five funds:

  • US 500 ETF (USF)
  • US LARGE VALUE ETF (USV)
  • US MID CAP ETF (USM)
  • US LARGE GROWTH ETF (USG)
  • US SMALL CAP ETF (USS)

INTERNATIONAL SHARES

Low cost exposure to regions and countries all over the world, ranging from the EU to emerging markets, Smartshares offer you five funds to choose from: 

  • EUROPE ETF (EUF)
  • ASIA PACIFIC ETF (APA)
  • Total World (NZD Hedged) ETF (TWH)
  • EMERGING MARKETS ETF (EMF)
  • TOTAL WORLD ETF (TWF)

BONDS AND CASH

Invest in both actively managed and passive ETFs of corporate and government bonds, interest-bearing assets, and other fixed interest securities across NZ and global markets. Choose from five funds below:

  • NZ BOND ETF (NZB)
  • NZ CASH ETF (NZC)
  • S&P/NZX NZ Government Bond ETF
  • GLOBAL BOND ETF (GBF)
  • Global Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG)

ESG SHARES

Try responsible international equity exposure, through Smartshares range of ESG Shares. Choose from five funds below:

  • Emerging Markets Equities ESG ETF (EMG)
  • Europe Equities ESG ETF (EUG)
  • Global Equities ESG ETF (ESG)
  • Japan Equities ESG ETF (JPN)
  • US Equities ESG ETF (USA)

THEMATIC SHARES

Invest in innovative and global trends, such as technology and healthcare with Smartshares Thematic Shares ETF!

  • Automation and Robotics ETF (BOT)
  • Healthcare Innovation ETF (LIV)