Invest in Australia's top 20

Learn more about a simple way to get share market exposure to the 20 largest companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Ways to invest in shares

If you want to invest in shares, you can choose to buy the shares yourself using a broker, or invest in a managed fund where a fund manager invests in and manages a portfolio of Australian shares. You can buy a passive exchange-traded fund (ETF), or index fund that seeks to replicate the share market’s performance, or an actively managed share fund that aims to beat this performance.

Each approach has its drawbacks

Buying your own shares puts the onus on you to select the shares, which you may not have the expertise – or time – to do. Using an actively managed share fund means taking the risk that the fund manager fails to beat the market performance. Using a passive fund means that you are likely to own a mix of shares that track the performance of a particular market or index, which will include both the bad performers in the market as well as the good performers.

Add to this the fact that in a managed fund, you don’t have a beneficial interest in any particular shares. Rather, as an investor in the fund, you are issued units that give you a fixed beneficial interest in the assets of the whole fund. Managed funds operate as a pooled fund and so the shares are pooled together and as they are bought and sold and realised, capital gains and losses are shared with all those who hold units in the fund.

This means that the tax consequences when the fund sells shares may become your consequences: you may effectively inherit a proportion of capital gains arising from the activity of other investors when they withdraw their investment.

It can be a dilemma for investors, but a modern solution is a managed portfolio.

Managed Portfolios as a modern solution

In a BT Managed Portfolio, you are the beneficial owner of the shares in your portfolio, and any capital gains will specifically relate to your activity.

The BT S&P/ASX 20 Shares Portfolio is a simple way to get share market exposure to the 20 largest companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), by market capitalisation. This diversifies you across a range of industries such as banking, insurance, biotech, mining and petroleum, packaging, retailing and infrastructure, with both domestic and global revenue streams. With a minimum investment of $5,000*, getting started is easy.

The BT S&P/ASX 20 Shares Portfolio aims to deliver similar returns to the S&P/ASX 20 Index before fees.

The S&P/ASX 20 Index covers almost half of the market capitalisation of the Australian share market. This means this managed portfolio option can be used to provide cost effective, passive exposure to the Australian share market.

Use in conjunction with other investments

The BT S&P/ASX 20 Shares Portfolio may also be used in conjunction with other investments, for example to:

  • Build a diversified portfolio, with investments in other asset classes sitting alongside the BT S&P/ASX 20 Shares Portfolio 
  • Aim to outperform the S&P/ASX 20 index by investing in active fund managers or particular shares you select alongside the core index exposure gained through the BT S&P/ASX 20 Shares Portfolio.

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