ASX Healthcare ETFs: A Guide to Investing

Most healthcare ASX ETFs invest in global healthcare or biotechnology companies listed on major stock exchanges not just the ASX. In this way, investors gain exposure to international companies in major healthcare markets that they ordinarily would not access.

These include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in a single ETF portfolio.

There are exceptions such as Betashares Digital Health and Telemedicine ETF (ASX: EDOC) which is invested in companies in digital healthcare.

Most Passive Healthcare ETFs track their respective healthcare indexes.

Major ASX healthcare ETFs

Betashares Global Healthcare ETF – Currency Hedged (ASX: DRUG)

Betashares Global Healthcare invests in the largest global healthcare companies, not including Australia, hedged into Australian dollars.

S&P Biotech ETF (ASX: CURE)
– Invests in companies in genomic science, involved in gene editing, genomic sequencing, genetic medicine/therapy, computational genomics, and biotechnology.

iShares Global Healthcare ETF (ASX: IXJ)
– Invests in large listed healthcare stocks, with exposure to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in a single fund.

VanEck Global Healthcare Leaders ETF (ASX: HLTH)
– Invests in the largest international companies from the global healthcare sector.

Betashares Digital Health and Telemedicine ETF (ASX: EDOC)
– Invests in a portfolio of leading global digital healthcare companies from sectors such as telehealth, medical devices, wearables, remote patient monitoring, and digital healthcare software.

Smartshares Healthcare Innovation ETF (NZSE: LIV)
– Invests in companies and funds across the world that are focused on innovation within global healthcare services, across both developed and emerging markets.

Further information
Check out the ASX Healthcare ETF Issuer Websites for further information.  Or on the ETF Comparison.

How to invest in ETFs in Australia

What are ETFs?
ETFs are pools of securities (stocks, bonds) traded on stock exchanges. Much as you buy shares on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

ETFs diversify a portfolio
The minimum investment in an ETF is $500. ETFs can diversify a portfolio. Diversification using an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) traded on the ASX is a strategy that can mitigate risk.

Amidst the many investment options, ETFs have emerged as a powerful tool that simplifies and enhances the diversification process in a single, seamless transaction.

Younger investors embrace ETFs
Younger investors, often Gen Z and Millennials, have embraced Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). It reflects a fundamental shift in investor preferences, aligning products with a key demographic.

Golden Rules For Investing In ETFs
Before diving into an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), define your financial goals, investment timeline, and risk tolerance.

This roadmap guides your fund selection, ensuring it aligns with your financial aspirations.

Explore Different ETF Types

Familiarize yourself with various ETFs. They come in many shapes and sizes.


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