This Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) is issued by Instreet Investment Limited (ABN 44 128 813 016, AFSL 434776) (Instreet) to offer interests in the Acorns Grow Australia Fund, a registered managed investment scheme (ARSN 607 533 022) (Acorns or Fund). Download PDF of PDS
About Instreet Investment Limited
How the Acorns Grow Australia Fund works
Benefits of investing in the Acorns Grow Australia Fund
Risks of managed investment schemes
How we invest your money
Fees and costs
How managed investment schemes are taxed
How to apply
This PDS is a summary of significant information. It refers to important information in the Additional Information Document (available at www.acornsau.com.au/product-disclosure-statement#aid) (AID),which forms part of this PDS. You should consider both the information in this PDS and the AID before making a decision. The information in this PDS is general information only and does not take account of your personal financial situation or needs. You should obtain financial advice tailored to your circumstances before investing.
Instreet will provide digital copies of this PDS (including the AID) upon request and free of charge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Acorns Investment Accounts, interests in the Acorns Grow Australia Fund (a registered managed investment scheme) are fully digital products, and by making an Application, investors agree to receive communications and disclosures in relation to their Acorns Investment Account in digital form only.
Throughout this PDS there are references to additional information contained in the latest AID. The information contained within the AID may change between the day you receive this PDS and the day you acquire an interest in the Fund, being an Acorns Investment Account. Please ensure that you read the AID current at the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account. Certain information in this PDS is subject to change. We will notify you of any changes that have a materially adverse impact on you or other significant events that affect the information contained in this PDS. Any updated information which is not materially adverse may be updated and obtained online at www.acornsau.com.au/product-disclosure-statement. Instreet will provide digital copies of any updated information upon request and free of charge by emailing email@example.com.
01. About Instreet Investment Limited
Instreet is the Responsible Entity of the Fund and is responsible for the Fund's compliance with its constitution which establishes the Fund and sets out its rules (Constitution). The Constitution together with this PDS and the law governs Instreet's relationship with you. Key provisions of the Constitution include your right to direct us to invest your money in specified investments and to hold your investment on a separate trust for you (other than any fractional interests). If you would like to see a copy of the Constitution, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More information about Instreet (including financial information) can be found at www.instreet.com.au
Promoter and Administrator
Instreet has appointed Acorns Grow Australia Limited (ABN 26 604 402 815) (Acorns Australia or Promoter and Administrator) to manage the investments of the Fund. Acorns Australia also provides administration, promotion, accountancy, distribution, scheme compliance, AML/CTF and regulatory services to the Fund. Acorns Australia is the product of a joint venture between Acorns Grow Inc. of the USA and Instreet. Acorns Grow Inc. was founded by Walter and Jeff Cruttenden in 2012 along with their team of mathematicians, software engineers and financial professionals. Instreet has appointed Acorns Australia as an authorised representative of its Australian financial services licence. In this PDS, "we" and "us" means Instreet (in its capacity as Responsible Entity) and/or Acorns Australia (in its capacity as Promoter and Administrator) as appropriate.
02. How the Acorns Australia Fund works
Acorns is a micro investing product that offers an easy way to regularly invest either small or large amounts of money using the App on your mobile phone or the Website. Acorns is a registered managed investment scheme. If you apply to participate in Acorns, you apply to receive an interest in the Fund known as an Acorns Investment Account. The minimum investment amount is $5.00. You can make regular contributions to increase the value of your Acorns Investment Account, you can withdraw all or part of your investment at any time, and your investments are held beneficially for you (subject to any fractional interests, which are pooled). If you apply, we establish one interest – one Acorns Investment Account – for each investor (Investor, or you).
Money in your Acorns Investment Account is invested into a mix of ETFs quoted on the ASX in accordance with one of five different Portfolios selected by you (Selected Portfolio). You can choose the Portfolio best suited to your own goals and financial circumstances. Acorns interacts with you using a software application developed by Acorns Grow Inc and modified for use in Australia by Acorns Australia. The value of your Acorns Investment Account will vary as the market value of the ETFs comprising the Portfolio in which you have invested rises and falls.
Contributing to and withdrawing from your Acorns Investment Account
There are three different ways you can make contributions to your Acorns Investment Account - you may make a lump sum deposit, activate Round-Ups or make a recurring deposit. The minimum investment amount is $5.00.
You can request a withdrawal of all or part of your investment from your Acorns Investment Account at any time through the App or Website. We will dispose of sufficient Investments in your Acorns Investment Account to pay the withdrawal proceeds to you in cash within 5 days. There are no fees or penalties for cash withdrawals. In some circumstances, including where there is a restriction on withdrawals, you may not be able to make a withdrawal from your Acorns Investment Account within the usual period upon request.
Acorns does not pay distributions. The issuers of the underlying ETFs which comprise the Portfolios may pay distributions from time to time. All distributions received by Acorns in respect of an ETF Unit (or fraction of an ETF Unit) that you have been allocated will be automatically re-invested into your Acorns Investment Account. If you would prefer to receive these distributions as income, you can choose to simply withdraw the amount of any distribution that has been automatically re-invested into your Acorns Investment Account.
You should read the important information in the section "Investing in your Acorns Investment Account" in the Additional Information Document about contributing to and withdrawing from your Acorns Investment Account, and the structure of the Fund, before making a decision to invest in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document on Page 2. The material relating to contributing to and withdrawing from your Acorns Investment Account and the structure of the Fund may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
03. Benefits of investing in the Acorns Grow Australia Fund
The significant features of the Acorns Grow Australia Fund are:
Acorns is a micro-investing product designed to make investing and saving simple. Acorns is offered through a mobile or web-based App and you can apply for an Acorns Investment Account with just $5.00.
You can choose a Portfolio into which your Acorns Investment Account will be invested. The Portfolios have been constructed by a team of financial industry experts, and a Nobel prize-winning economist. Each Portfolio is comprised of ETFs that are quoted on the ASX.
Interests in a Managed Investment Scheme
Your Acorns Investment Account is an interest in a registered managed investment scheme, being the Acorns Grow Australia Fund.
One of the key features of Acorns is the ability to allocate fractional interests in ETF Units to individual Investors. The Acorns system will facilitate the purchase of the relevant number of ETF Units required across the Fund, and allocate fractional interests in these ETF Units to individual Investors, corresponding to the amount of funds they have invested in their Selected Portfolios. The whole ETF Units themselves will be held in a pooled account with the Custodian on behalf of all Investors who have been allocated a fractional interest in that ETF Unit. Excess fractions will be held in a "house account" for and on behalf of Acorns Australia as principal. Fractional interests allow you to consistently invest funds (including your virtual spare change) as it becomes available, rather than having to wait until you have enough money to buy a complete ETF Unit.
Withdraw at any time
You can request a withdrawal of all or part of your investment from your Acorns Investment Account at any time. We will dispose of sufficient Investments in your Acorns Investment Account to pay the withdrawal proceeds in cash within 5 Business Days. There are no fees or penalties for cash withdrawals. Some withdrawal requests may be subject to rounding.
The significant benefits of the Acorns Grow Australia Fund are:
No switching fee
Acorns does not charge switching fees if you change your Selected Portfolio. So you can change Selected Portfolios without paying extra fees or brokerage (see Transaction Costs on Page 2 for an explanation of applicable buy/sell spreads).
No trading fees
Acorns does not charge fees for making contributions into or withdrawals from your Acorns Investment Account. Acorns also does not charge any brokerage, trading or transaction fees for purchasing the ETF Units that are allocated to individual investors.
Acorns is based on the principle that regular investment, even if in small amounts, can lead to large savings over time. You can contribute to your Acorns Investment Account frequently (at no additional cost) by enabling Round-Ups, or by setting automatic recurring deposits. Small change can add up over time.
You should read the important information in the "Other features and benefits" of the Additional Information Document about other features and benefits of the Fund before making a decision to invest in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document on Page 2.The material relating to other features and benefits of the Fund may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
04. Risks of managed investment schemes
All investments carry risk. Different strategies may carry different levels of risk, and assets with the highest long-term returns may have the highest level of short-term risks. The significant risks of investing in the Acorns Grow Australia Fund are:
Changes in financial markets, the economy, political changes, technological developments, and changes in market sentiment continually affect the value of investments and the level of income they generate. This means the value of investments (either generally or particular Investments) and, consequently, the value of your Acorns Investment Account, can go up or down.
Interest rate risk
Changes in interest rates can directly and indirectly affect investment value or returns. For example, an increase in official interest rates can result in a fall in the value of fixed interest securities. As a result, the value of the Investments in your Acorns Investment Account may fall.
The Fund could terminate, fees and expenses could increase, the Responsible Entity or any service provider may change. There is no guarantee that the investment strategy of the Fund will be managed successfully. In addition, an investment in the Fund is governed by the terms of the Constitution and this PDS (each as amended from time to time).
Portfolio performance risk
The performance of your Selected Portfolio may vary from the performance of another Acorns Investment Account which selects the same Portfolio. This is because contributions to your Portfolio will be made over time and for differing amounts, and the rebalancing algorithm may lead to differences in asset allocation between Portfolios, difference in Fees, buy spreads and sell spreads which are also incurred when selling ETF Units to pay fees. Each of these factors may impact the performance of your Portfolio.
ETF performance risk
There is a risk that one or more of the underlying ETFs may not achieve their investment objective. This may mean that the return that is generated for a particular Portfolio may differ from the stated investment objective of that Portfolio.
As the Responsible Entity invests the assets of the Fund exclusively in the ETFs comprising each Portfolio, the Fund will be subject to some degree of concentration risk. If the underlying Issuer of an ETF does not perform their duties and stated objectives, the relevant ETF will not perform well.
None of Instreet Investment Limited, Acorns Grow Inc. and Acorns Grow Australia Limited and, their related entities, officers or personnel, or the issuers of any Investments guarantee the performance of your Acorns Investment Account or the repayment of any amount invested or any rate of return. No one makes any representation as to the success or otherwise of your Acorns Investment Account. By investing in an Acorns Investment Account you may lose some or all of the money you invest.
Data security & electronic delivery risk
Because your Acorns Investment Account is an online financial product, which relies on computers, information technology (IT) networks and the internet, it is subject to inherent IT risks including (but not limited to) software bugs, computer viruses and malware, unauthorised interference with data, loss of data, unavailability or unreliability of the internet, computer malfunction, and cyber hacking resulting in the theft of data. Acorns may be unavailable from time to time. Your data is stored on secured servers in Australia. You will need to consider the potential for disruption or other difficulties when planning to use your Acorns Investment Account and the Website.
These significant risks apply to all the Portfolios. The different impact these risks have on the Portfolio is explained in the AID (available on Page 2). The key risks of investing in managed investment schemes generally, include the risk that:
the value of investments will vary;
the level of returns will vary, and that future returns may differ from past returns;
returns are not guaranteed and members may lose some of their money;
laws affecting managed investment schemes may change; and
the relevant level of risk for each member will vary depending on a range of factors including their age, investment time frame, the member's other investments and their individual risk tolerance.
You should read the important information in the "Other risks" section of the Additional Information Document about other risks of investing in managed investment schemes before making a decision. Go to Additional Information Document on Page 2. The material relating to other risks of managed investment schemes may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
05. How we invest your money
Money in your Acorns Investment Account is invested into your Selected Portfolio. Each Portfolio comprises a mix of seven different exchange traded funds quoted on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). There are five separate Portfolios to choose from ranging from conservative to aggressive risk profiles. Warning: you should consider the likely investment return, risk and your investment timeframe when choosing an option in which to invest in.
The Portfolios each comprise the following seven ETFs (with different asset allocation weightings):
*The PDSs corresponding to the underlying ETFs and any other information published by issuer of an underlying ETF is not incorporated by reference into this PDS.
Moderately Aggressive Portfolio
This portfolio has a moderately high portfolio weighting to Australian and international equities and may suit an investor who is prepared to take more risk in exchange for potentially higher returns over the medium to long term, and is comfortable with volatility and the possibility of negative returns. The investment objective of the Moderately Aggressive Portfolio is to provide a moderate to high level of risk which corresponds to moderate to high expected returns with capital appreciation over the long term. The minimum suggested investment timeframe for this portfolio is 3-5 years. This portfolio is considered to be moderate to high risk. The assets in which the Moderately Aggressive Portfolio invests, and the strategic target allocation of asset classes, is as follows:
You should read the important information in the "Investments" section of the Additional Information Document about:
the other Portfolios;
the risks associated with the Portfolios;
the rebalancing of Portfolios;
the process of selecting a Portfolio and issuing instructions;
how the Portfolios may be changed; and
the extent to which labour standards or environmental, social or ethical considerations are taken into account in the investment activity relating to the product,
before making a decision to invest in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document on Page 2. The material relating to this information may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
06. Fees and costs
DID YOU KNOW?
Small differences in both investment performance and fees and costs can have a substantial impact on your long term returns.
For example, total annual fees and costs of 2% of your account balance rather than 1% could reduce your final return by up to 20% over a 30 year period (for example, reduces it from $100,000 to $80,000).
You should consider whether features such as superior investment performance or the provision of better member services justify higher fees and costs.
You may be able to negotiate to pay lower contribution fees and management costs where applicable. Ask the Fund or your financial adviser.
TO FIND OUT MORE
If you would like to find out more, or see the impact of the fees based on your own circumstances, theAustralian Securities and Investments Commission(ASIC) website (www.moneysmart.gov.au) has a managed investment fee calculator to help you check out different fee options.
This document shows fees and other costs that you may be charged. These fees and costs may be deducted from your money, from the returns on your investment or from your Acorns Investment Account as a whole. Taxes are set out in another part of this document. You should read all the information about fees and costs because it is important to understand their impact on your investment.
Additional explanation of fees and costs
The Account Fees include an allowance for all the ordinary ongoing costs of the Fund—including Responsible Entity fees, investment administration fees, custodian fees, administration fees and other expenses incurred by the Fund. The Account Fees reduce the value of your Acorns Investment Account. The Responsible Entity reserves the right to recover any extraordinary expenses that it properly incurs in respect of the Fund (such as costs associated with Investor meetings, defending litigation or resolving disputes) from the Fund. The Responsible Entity may deduct your share of any additional or extraordinary expenses it incurs from your Acorns Investment Account.
Underlying Issuer Fees
The Issuer of ETF Units held in an Acorns Investment Account may charge fees in relation to those ETF Units. Those fees will reduce the value of your Acorns Investment Account.
When we acquire or dispose of Investments for your Acorns Investment Account, we may incur transaction costs (Transaction Costs). Some Transaction Costs may be reflected in the price of the buy price/sell price of the Investment. Any Transactions Costs we incur on your behalf will be Deducted from your Acorns Investment Account. There is no brokerage fee charged. You may request and we will inform you of any Transaction Costs incurred.
Underlying Issuer Fee Transaction Costs
The Issuer of ETF Units held in an Acorns Investment Account may charge transaction costs in relation to the acquisition or disposal of underlying investments in the ETF. These costs are incorporated within the Underlying Issuer Fees and do not represent a separate fee payable by Investors.
Where the acquisition or disposal of ETF Units on behalf of Investors does not require a transaction on-market (due to the netting of transactions), we may apply a buy/sell spread (Netting Spread). The Netting Spread will be determined with reference to the mid-point of the last market bid/offer spread for the same ETF Units, and will be equal to or less than the market bid/offer spread or 0.50% (whichever is smaller). The Netting Spread allows the Issuer not to charge any brokerage fees.
A monthly Maintenance Fee of $1.25 will be payable if your Acorns Investment Account has a value of less than $5,000 at the end of each month. The Maintenance Fee is charged by Responsible Entity to cover the cost of administering your Acorns Investment Account. The Maintenance Fee will be direct debited from your Funding Account, rather than from your Acorns Investment Account. This means that the Maintenance Fee will not impact upon the balance of your Acorns Investment Account. If your Acorns Investment Account has a value equal to or greater than $5,000 at the end of the month, no Maintenance Fee will be payable for that month.
Other service fees
We may charge a dishonour fee of up to $5.00 in respect of each direct debit, cheque or other payment or deposit for your Acorns Investment Account that is dishonoured (Dishonour Fee). The Dishonour Fee is charged when a payment is dishonoured and is deducted from your Acorns Investment Account. We will dispose of sufficient ETF Units (on your behalf) to pay this fee. We may charge fee of up to $25.00 in respect of each document we provide at your request, unless we are required to give it to you under this PDS, the Constitution or by law and have not already done so. This fee is charged when the document is given and is deducted from your Acorns Investment Account. We will dispose of sufficient ETF Units (on your behalf) to pay this fee.
If we incur any additional costs (such as taxes, duties or bank charges) in respect of your Acorns Investment Account, we will deduct them from your Acorns Investment Account. We will dispose of sufficient ETF Units (on your behalf) to pay these costs. At the time of issuing this PDS the Issuer does not foresee any additional costs.
The fees can change without Investor consent, subject to the maximum fees specified in the Constitution. We will generally provide Investors with at least 30 days notice of any proposed change to the Management Costs. Additional and extraordinary expense recoveries can vary without notice. There is no limit on additional or extraordinary expense recoveries.
The fees and costs in the Fees and Costs table take into consideration the net effect of GST (including the benefit of reduced input tax credits).
Commission and other payments
Instreet does not pay any commission to financial advisers in respect of the Fund.
Example of annual fees and costs for this fund
This table gives an example of how the fees and costs for this managed investment product can affect your investment over a 1 year period. You should use this table to compare this product with other managed investment products.
*Assuming no Transactions and the value of your Acorns Investment Account does not change. ASIC provides a fee calculator on www.moneysmart.gov.au, which you may use to calculate the effects of fees and costs on your investment in the Fund.
# Being the sum of the Account Fees and Underlying Issuer Fees for the Moderately Aggressive Portfolio. You would not pay a Maintenance Fee as your account balance would be equal to or greater than $5,000.
Note: The total fees and other costs you pay in relation to your Investments in your Acorns Investment Account includes Transaction Costs and the fees and costs of the Investments you choose in addition to the fees and costs of the Fund (shown above).
You should read the important information in the "Fees and costs" section of the Additional Information Document about fees and costs before making a decision to invest in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document on Page 2. The material relating to fees and costs may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
07. How managed investment schemes are taxed
Warning: Investing in a managed investment scheme is likely to have tax consequences. Consumers are strongly advised to seek professional tax advice. Registered managed investment schemes (such as the Fund) do not pay tax on behalf of their members. Members are assessed for tax on any income and capital gains generated by the registered managed investment scheme.
You should read the important information in the "Taxation" section of the Additional Information Document about taxation before making a decision to invest in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document onPage 2. The material relating to taxation may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
08. How to apply
To apply for an Acorns Investment Account, you must:
read and carefully consider this PDS;
complete and submit a valid application through either the Acorns App or the Website;
be a resident of Australia;
be at least 18 years old at the time you submit your Application; and
make an initial contribution of at least $5,00.
We will not establish your Acorns Investment Account, and you will have no interest in the Fund, until we have received your first contribution of at least $5.00. We will send you an email confirmation once we have established your Acorns Investment Account. We are required by law to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who applies for an Acorns Investment Account. This process is automated through the App and Website, but you may be required to provide additional information, in certain circumstances.
If you change your mind about investing in an Acorns Investment Account, you can ask us to cancel your Acorns Investment Account (or "cool-off" ) but there’s a limited time to do this—within 14 days of the earlier of when you receive your email notification confirming the establishment of your Acorns Investment Account, or 5 Business Days after we establish your Acorns Investment Account. If you "cool-off" we will (if we reasonably can) realise any Investments we have made for you and pay to you the proceeds together with any other money we hold for you (less any transaction costs and any other expenses we have incurred in respect of your Acorns Investment Account) but we will not do so if we determine that it would not be fair to all Investors to do so.
If you have any enquiries about the Fund or your Acorns Investment Account please visit our Website or your mobile phone App. If you have a complaint about the Fund or your Acorns Investment Account please contact us by email at email@example.com or by writing to us at Level 11, 2 Bulletin Place, SYDNEY NSW 2000. We will confirm receipt of any compliant by email, and get back to you when we investigated the circumstances. If we are not able to resolve your complaint within 21 Business Days, you may be able to seek assistance from the Financial Ombudsman Service Limited.
Financial Ombudsman Service Limited
Post: GPO Box 3, Melbourne VIC 3001
Phone: 1300 78 08 08
You should read the important information in the "Complaints" section of the Additional Information Document about complaints before making a decision in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document on Page 2. The material relating to complaints may change between the time when you read this statement and the day you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.
09. Other information
Acorns Grow Australia has given and not withdrawn its consent to the statements about it included in this PDS in the form and context in which they appear.
Australian Executor Trustees has given and not withdrawn its consent to be named in this PDS as custodian of the Fund in the form and context in which it is named. AET does not make, or purport to make, any statement that is included in this PDS and there is no statement in this PDS which is based on any statement by AET. To the maximum extent permitted by law, AET expressly disclaims and takes no responsibility for any part of this PDS other than the references to its name. AET does not guarantee the repayment of capital or any particular rate of capital or income return.
Dr. Harry Markowitz has given and not withdrawn his consent to the statements about him included in this PDS in the form and context in which they appear.
You should read the important information in the "Other important information" and "Glossary" sections of the Additional Information Document about:
access to information about your Acorns Investment Account;
the nature of indirect investing;
your privacy rights;
the Constitution and Compliance Plan of the Fund;
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Laws;
the Custodian to the Fund; and
some of the terms used in this PDS.
before making a decision to invest in the Fund. Go to the Additional Information Document at Page 2. The material relating to this information may change between the time when you read this PDS and the day when you acquire an Acorns Investment Account.