Getting exposure to the International shares sector has never been easier thanks to ASX ETFs like the iShares S&P Midcap ETF (ASX: IJH). However, no matter how easy it seems to be, we think it’s still important to do your own ETF review.
How to use the iShares S&P Midcap ETF
The iShares IJH ETF provides investors with exposure to mid-cap US companies. This is a low-cost way to access a specific segment of the US market through a single fund.
IJH exceeds our minimum market cap (FUM) criteria
The IJH ETF had $117.88 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given IJH’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 International shares sector because we believe that relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM derisks the ETF.
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3. IJH ETF fees & costs explained
With a yearly management fee of 0.07% charged by iShares, if you invested $2,000 in the IJH ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $1.40. 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 IJH ETF, the most recent average monthly buy-sell spread we gathered (April 2020) was 0.58%. 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 IJH ETF has more slippage than the average ETF (that’s a bad thing).
Before ‘testing the water with both feet’ so to speak, be sure to read the IJH ETF’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), available on the iShares website, or speak to your financial adviser. Also, be sure to take a look at our iShares IJH report. While you’re on our website, use our complete list of ASX ETFs to search for a few different ETFs in the sector and conduct a side-by-side comparison using everything you’ve learned here.