Investing 101: Part 2 - Should you invest in ETFs, LICs or Managed Funds?

Any meticulous investor always follows the golden rule, which is to diversify their investments. In other words, don’t put all your money in a single type of investment as there is usually a higher chance you could lose more instead of earning more. 

While you may already be aware that diversifying your investments isn’t as easy as it seems when you’re still starting out, it’s important to at least know what your options are.

Before you continue reading, have you read Part 1: The Basics of Building Your Investment Portfolio.

Here’s what you should know about some of the most common investment vehicles you should consider putting your money into:

What are ETFs, LICs and Managed Funds?

Before delving into specifics, it’s crucial to first establish what these three types of investments are and why it’s important to pay attention to them. 

All three of them comprise either one or many different assets, such as 

  • Shares
  • Bonds
  • Commodities

They’re essentially quite similar to each other, but the qualities that make them different will ultimately determine which investment vehicle suits you.


1. Managed Funds

First and foremost are managed funds, which is the most common investment vehicle in Australia. 

As the name suggests, managed funds require a fund manager to oversee everything. It typically involves investments coming from different sources that are pooled together and managed by professional investors or managers.

This is a much more distant approach when it comes to investing. If you’re still not that experienced in investing then this vehicle may be a good starting point for you. 

When you put your money in a managed fund, you’re basically giving your money to the fund manager to invest on your behalf. You have little to no say over what they do with your money or where they invest it. 

While that may seem risky, working with a fund manager that has a good track record and invests wisely can eliminate the risk.


2. Listed Investment Companies (LIC)

Listed Investment Companies (or LICs) are investments that are listed on an exchange, such as the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). 

They’re quite similar in nature to a managed fund, but with just a few differences: 

  1. LICs are always listed on a stock exchange and are publicly traded. This means that the liquidity and availability issues you may encounter with managed funds don’t apply here.
  2. LICs operate under a corporate structure and are essentially companies in their own right.

LICs are what’s called a closed-ended investment vehicle in the sense that there are a finite number of shares that a LIC has at any given time. 

Suppose you decide to sell your shares; they will only be passed on to the buyer and will not be redeemed by the company itself.


3. Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF)

Exchange-Traded Funds or ETFs are more of a combination of the previous two investment vehicles. They’re similar to managed funds as they are also trusts, but they are sold and bought on an exchange, similar to a LIC. 

An ETF is also actively managed by fund managers who will monitor and adjust your investments. 

Purchasing an ETF will require you to pay a brokerage for each transaction, and it is done in the same way as a stock listed on an exchange.


Ready to Invest?

These 3 types of investments may be worthwhile in exploring if you are someone who is entirely new to investing. If your goal is to diversify your portfolio, then looking into these three investment vehicles may be a wise and sound decision.




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At Poole Advisory we take the time to understand your appetite for risk and to match you with appropriate investment opportunities and structure so that you can grow your wealth effectively. 

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