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Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF (ASX:MQAE)

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The systematic advantage

Aiming to identify companies with desirable characteristics, while reducing the risks of emotional biases 

Broad range of factors – consistency of outcomes

Our approach is repeatable, aiming for carefully delivered and consistent excess returns

Cost efficient access

An attractive management fee, plus a performance fee only when we beat the index

Refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for further information on the fees and costs.

Investment approach

Over three decades, our robust systematic process has delivered long-term, consistent, index-plus returns across a range of strategies for leading super funds, institutions and everyday investors. And now, we have launched active ETFs which are listed on the ASX – making it even easier to invest in a systematic strategy.

Our quantitative process sifts through mountains of data: prices, volumes, earnings, expenses, trends, valuations, ratios, carbon footprints and even the ‘tone’ of a company’s announcement. Through a range of proprietary tools, we synthesise this immense volume of data into unique insights to construct a fine-tuned portfolio. Our process aims to identify companies with the best chance of outperformance, while reducing the risks of emotional biases and avoiding unrewarded tilts such as style, sector and country bets.

Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF

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Fund facts  
Investment objective Outperformance of index over the medium to long term (before fees). 

The Fund provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of Australian equities through securities listed, or expected to be listed, on the ASX. 
Benchmark S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index
Management team Macquarie Systematic Investments
Inception date
13 May 2024
Date quoted on the ASX 15 May 2024
Fund size A$17.13m (current as at 3 July 2024)
Management fee 0.03% pa of the net asset value of the Fund
Performance fee 20% of the cumulative outperformance of the Fund (after the management fee and expenses) above the return of the Index, subject to a high watermark.
Distribution frequency Generally quarterly
Distribution reinvestment plan (DRP) Yes
Issuer Macquarie Investment Management Australia Limited
Registry Apex Fund Services Pty Ltd
APIR code MAQ9305AU
Market Makers Nine Mile and J.P. Morgan

Read the Product Disclosure Statement for more details on fees and expenses that may be charged.

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Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Total returns are calculated based on changes in net asset values and assumes the reinvestment of distributions.

The performance information shown above may differ to the information in the performance report due to rounding.

* Inception date is 13 May 2024.

** Total net returns are quoted after the deduction of all fees and expenses. Due to individual investor circumstances, your net returns may differ from the net returns quoted above.

*** The benchmark is the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index.

NAV (Net Asset Value)

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The above table shows the NAV unit price for the Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF. It is provided for informational purposes only. Investors, other than Authorised Participants, can only buy and sell units in the Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF on the ASX. The trading price of units in the Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF on the ASX on a day may vary from the NAV unit price on that same day due to factors that do not affect the NAV unit price such as investor demand and the bid/ask spreads applied by Authorised Participants. Typically, the price at which Authorised Participants will be willing to buy units from investors on a day will be less than the NAV unit price on that same day and the price at which Authorised Participants are willing to sell units to investors on a day will be higher than the NAV unit price on that same day.

The NAV unit prices listed above are cum prices calculated as at the specified valuation date. Cum price means that income, realised capital gains and any returns of capital (which form part of the distribution) are included in the unit price. While all due care has been taken in the calculation of the unit prices, such information may be updated where necessary. 


All investments carry risk. Different investments carry different levels of risk, depending on the investment strategy and the underlying investments. Generally, the higher the potential return of an investment, the greater the risk (including the potential for loss and unit price variability over the short term). The risks of investing in this Fund include:

Investment risk: The Fund has exposure to share markets. The risk of an investment in the Fund is higher than an investment in a typical bank account or fixed income investment. Amounts distributed to unitholders may fluctuate, as may the Fund’s unit price, by material amounts over short periods.

Market risk: The investments that the Fund has exposure to are likely to have a broad correlation with share markets in general. Share markets can be volatile and have the potential to fall by large amounts over short periods of time. Poor performance or losses in domestic and/or global share markets are likely to negatively impact the overall performance of the Fund.

Security specific risk: Securities and the companies that issue them are exposed to a range of factors that affect their individual performance. These factors may cause an investment’s return to differ from that of the broader market. The Fund may therefore underperform the market and/or its peers due to its security specific exposures.

Manager risk: There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its performance objectives, produce returns that are positive, or compare favourably against its peers, or that the strategies or models used by the Investment Manager will produce favourable outcomes

More information on the risks of investing in the Fund is contained in the Product Disclosure Statement, which should be considered before deciding to invest in the Fund.

The Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF is quoted on the ASX and can be traded using the ticker ASX:MQAE

To invest in the Active ETF class of the Fund, follow the steps below:


Before investing, read the Target Market Determination (TMD) and only invest in the Active ETF if you consider that you are in the target market for the Active ETF


Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) – Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF and check for PDS updates


Buy on the ASX via your share trading account, platform, stockbroker or financial adviser with ticker ASX:MQAE

For further information on investing in Macquarie ETFs, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Contact us


Macquarie Asset Management
Client Service


PO Box R1723
Royal Exchange,
NSW 1225, Australia

For enquiries call

Free call (AU): 1800 814 523
International: +61 2 8245 4900
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm (Sydney time)

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Important information:

The Macquarie Core Australian Equity Active ETF is designed for consumers who: are seeking capital growth and income distribution, are intending to use the Fund as a core component, minor or satellite allocation within a portfolio, have a minimum investment timeframe of five years, have a high or very high risk/return profile for that portion of their investment portfolio, and require the ability to have access to capital within one week of request. The Target Market Determination (TMD), available at, includes a description of the class of consumers for whom the Fund is likely to be consistent with their objectives, financial situation and needs.