Like us, you’re probably looking at the BetaShares Gold Bullion ETF – Currency Hedged ETF (ASX: QAU) and thinking now could be a good to consider taking a closer look.
1. What the QAU does for investors
The BetaShares QAU ETF provides investors with exposure to the performance of gold bullion, hedged into Australian dollars.
2. Funds Under Management (FUM)
The QAU ETF had $238.31 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given QAU’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 Commodities sector because we believe that relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM derisks the ETF.
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3. It’s all about the fees & costs
With a yearly management fee of 0.59% charged by BetaShares, if you invested $2,000 in the QAU ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $11.80. For context, the average management fee (MER) of all ETFs covered by Best ETFs Australia on our complete list of ASX ETFs is 0.5% or around $10.00 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 QAU ETF, the most recent average monthly buy-sell spread we gathered (May 2020) was 0.14%. Remember, the lower (or ‘tighter’) the buy-sell spread, the better. This buy-sell spread was below the average ETF spread of 0.45%, so that’s a good thing.
These are just some of the considerations or factors you would need to look at when weighing up the QAU ETF. Before doing anything, take a look at our BetaShares QAU report – it’s free. While you’re at it, don’t forget to search our complete list of ASX ETFs.