Friends With Money #10: How ETFs have revolutionised the way young Aussies invest


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the exchange traded fund (ETF) market in Australia and coincides with a period of incredible growth for these investments over recent years.

Going back two decades, who would have thought that a tradable basket of securities would become one of the most innovative and sought-after products for Australian investors?

Many financial advisers now recommend ETFs to their clients as part of a balanced portfolio strategy, and individual investors can gain cost-effective exposure to a broad range of asset classes that include shares, fixed interest, property and global currencies, to name just a few.

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Younger investors are also embracing thematic ETFs, from technology to ESG.

In this episode of the Friends With Money podcast, journalist David Thornton is joined by Meaghan Victor, the head of SPDR ETFs for Asia Pacific at State Street Global Advisors, to discuss the rising popularity of ETFs, their future in the Australian investment landscape, and what sets them apart.

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David Thornton was a journalist at Money from September 2019 to November 2021. He previously worked at Your Money, covering market news as producer of Trading Day Live. Before that, he covered business and finance news at The Constant Investor. David holds a Masters of International Relations from the University of Melbourne.

Meaghan Victor is managing director at State Street Global Advisors, a global asset management firm and the creator of the world's first exchange traded funds (ETFs). In more than 25 years in the financial industry, she has held positions focused on sales management, strategy and product development at firms including BT Financial Group, Fidelity International, Colonial First State Investments, and Macquarie Investment Management. Meaghan has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Economic History, from the University of New England Australia.
John Battista
August 26, 2021 8.30am

Hi , just wondering would my super which is in indexed balanced have ETFs in the mix.