If you’re looking for an ASX ETF in the Australian shares sector, chances are, the iShares S&P/ASX Dividend Opportunities ETF (ASX: IHD) is an ETF you’re considering.
How Australian investors can use the IHD ETF
Investors looking for exposure to 50 high yielding Australian companies, may find the iShares IHD ETF of interest. This is a low-cost way to access high-yielding Australian companies through a single fund.
IHD exceeds our minimum market cap (FUM) criteria
The IHD ETF had $256.26 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given IHD’s total funds under management (FUM) figure is over $100 million, the ETF has met our minimum criteria for the total amount of money invested, otherwise known as FUM. We draw the line at $100 million for ETFs in the Australian shares sector because we believe that relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM derisks the ETF.
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Don’t forget IHD fees
With a yearly management fee of 0.3% charged by iShares, if you invested $2,000 in the IHD ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $6.00. 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 IHD ETF, the most recent average monthly buy-sell spread we gathered (April 2020) was 0.32%. Remember, the lower (or ‘tighter’) the buy-sell spread, the better. This buy-sell spread was below the average ETF spread of 0.51%, so that’s a good thing.
If you’re weighing up the IHD ETF, keep in mind that this is just a brief introduction to the ETF. Indeed, before doing anything, take a look at our free iShares IHD report. And while you’re at it, consider searching our complete list of ASX ETFs for similar ETFs in the Australian shares sector, to do a good comparison.