One to watch: BetaShares Diversified Conservative Income ETF (ASX:DZZF)

Like us, you’re probably looking at the BetaShares Diversified Conservative Income ETF (ASX: DZZF) and thinking now could be a good to consider taking a closer look.

How the DZZF ETF could be used in portfolios

The BetaShares DZZF ETF provides investors with a diversified portfolio of assets, including shares, property securities, bonds and cash, across Australian and global markets.

DZZF’s market capitalisation (total amount invested) does not meet our minimum hurdle

As at the end of last month, the DZZF ETF had $3.49 million of money invested. With a funds under management (FUM) or ‘market cap’ figure of less than $100 million, it’s important to consider if this ETF is still too small. We say an ETF with more than $100 million invested is typically more sustainable than one with less than $100 million (at least) because if an ETF is too small it may not be sustainable for an ETF issuer, such as BetaShares. However, there are exceptions to this rule of thumb, especially if the ETF issuer/provider is committed to growing the ETF’s FUM to the point where it becomes profitable.

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DZZF costs and yearly fees

With a yearly management fee of 0.26% charged by BetaShares, if you invested $2,000 in the DZZF ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $5.20. This does not include any performance fees earned by the ETF’s manager for doing a good job. For context, the average management fee (MER) of all ETFs covered by Best ETFs Australia on our complete list of ASX ETFs is 0.54% or around $10.80 per $2,000 invested. Keep in mind, small changes in fees can make a big difference after 10 or 20 years.

In addition to a yearly management fee, there are other costs investors must consider, including brokerage and taxes. A specific cost for ETF and mFund investors to consider is the buy-sell spread, which is the slippage or ‘invisible’ cost paid by an investor when he or she buys or sells the ETF. For the DZZF ETF, the most recent average monthly buy-sell spread we gathered (April 2020) was 0.73%. Remember, the lower (or ‘tighter’) the buy-sell spread, the better. This buy-sell spread was above the average ETF spread of 0.51%, which means the DZZF ETF has more slippage than the average ETF (that’s a bad thing).

What next

If you’re weighing up the DZZF ETF, keep in mind that this is just a brief introduction to the ETF. Indeed, before doing anything, take a look at our free BetaShares DZZF report. And while you’re at it, consider searching our complete list of ASX ETFs for similar ETFs in the Diversified ETF sector, to do a good comparison.

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