Australian Super has added the ETF Securities Physical Gold exchange traded fund (ETF) to its Member Direct platform, allowing 2.2 million super members to access it.
This was in light of the increased demand for the gold ETF which was launched in 2003 and would be the only ETF available to Australian Super members which offered exposure to commodities via an ETF.
ETF Securities said ETFs were popular among self-managed super funds (SMSFs) but that more super funds were now including them in portfolios.
Kanish Chugh, head of distribution at ETF Securities, said: “Whilst SMSFs have been strong investors in ETFs and other listed options, super funds are now increasingly offering this option to their members too. They are recognising the growing desire of investors to take control of their super and ETFs can be used to diversify and tailor portfolios.
"Current fund inflows to GOLD have been in keeping with the global interest in this asset class and strong pricing. While gold prices have eased off (to an extent off the back of vaccines prospects), gold has a valuable role in a portfolio with allocations assisting not only with risk levels but performance in a portfolio.”