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Smartshares Review: Choose from 31 exchange traded funds

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Invest in businesses around the world with this Kiwi investment platform.

Smartshares is an exchange traded fund provider and online investment platform focused on ethical investing, and making it easy to diversify a portfolio across a range of stocks and other assets.

This review looks at what exactly Smartshares are, how to trade them and how much it costs.

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What can I invest in with Smartshares?

Smartshares lets users buy a wide range of exchange traded funds (ETFs). These are essentially bundles of stocks or other assets that trade on the NZX.

The name Smartshares refers to both the ETFs themselves, and the company through which these ETFs can be purchased.

There are seven different categories of Smartshares. Within these categories there are a number of ETFs to choose from. These categories are:

  • SmartLarge. Large businesses from around the world.
  • SmartMedium. Medium-sized New Zealand, Australian and US businesses.
  • SmartSmall. Small US-based businesses.
  • SmartIncome. Bonds and other fixed-interest assets.
  • SmartDividend. High dividend-paying Australian and New Zealand businesses.
  • SmartSector. Lets you invest in specific sectors such as property, finance or resources.
  • Trending and other. Trending sectors such as healthcare innovation, and broader ETFs such as emerging market equities, or global equities.

How much does it cost?

Note that the following fees and limits apply when purchasing Smartshares ETFs online, directly through Smartshares. The fees may be different if you buy them through a different stockbroker or on another online share trading platform.

A one-off establishment fee of $30 applies when you make your first Smartshares investment, the minimum initial investment is $500 and the minimum ongoing monthly investment is $50 per month.

After that, annual maintenance fees apply. These are deducted from your holdings, and vary depending on the ETF.

CategoryAnnual fee
SmartSmall0.51%
SmartMedium0.51% to 0.75%
SmartLarge0.34% to 0.60%
SmartIncome0.33% to 0.54%
SmartDividend0.54%
SmartSector0.54%
Trending and other0.30% to 0.75%

Is Smartshares safe?

SmartShares is a member of the NZX Group (the New Zealand stock exchange). It created New Zealand’s first ETF (the NZ Top 10 Fund) in 1996.

Smartshares is supervised by the New Zealand Public Trust government organisation, the assets in its ETFs are custodied by BNP Paribas Australasia.

Because the Smartshares ETFs trade on NZX, you can purchase them through many different stockbrokers and financial advisors. To be safe, you should make sure you only buy Smartshares through regulated and accredited providers.

You can also purchase the ETFs directly through Smartshares.

How do I buy Smartshares?

You can buy Smartshares ETF from a range of stockbrokers or financial advisors, or through Smartshares itself.

To buy through Smartshares, you can apply online through the following steps.

  • Go to the Smartshares website
  • Go to the “invest” section and click “apply now”
  • Fill out the form. This includes choosing your investments, entering your details and choosing your payment method
  • Submit the form and wait for confirmation

Smartshares frequently asked questions

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of futures, stocks, ETFs, CFDs, options or any specific provider, service or offering. It should not be relied upon as investment advice or construed as providing recommendations of any kind. Futures, stocks, ETFs and options trading involves substantial risk of loss and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Trading CFDs comes with a higher risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before making any trades.

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