The BetaShares Commodities Basket ETF-Currency Hedged (Synthetic) ETF (ASX: QCB) is one to watch and in this short article we’ll share arguably the three most important metrics to consider when you’re reviewing an ETF.
How the QCB ETF could be used in portfolios
The BetaShares QCB ETF provides investors with exposure to the performance of a broad basket of commodities, hedged into Australian dollars.
QCB ETF is not yet at our $100m minimum FUM level
The QCB ETF had $6.3 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. 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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Watch: the management fees and costs
With a yearly management fee of 0.69% charged by BetaShares, if you invested $2,000 in the QCB ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $13.80. 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 QCB ETF, the most recent average monthly buy-sell spread we gathered (May 2020) was 1.96%. Remember, the lower (or ‘tighter’) the buy-sell spread, the better. This buy-sell spread was above the average ETF spread of 0.45%, which means the QCB ETF has more slippage than the average ETF (that’s a bad thing).
If you’re weighing up the QCB 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 QCB report. And while you’re at it, consider searching our complete list of ASX ETFs for similar ETFs in the Commodities sector, to do a good comparison.