MNRS and VBND: 2 ASX ETFs to watch

In this article, we’ll try to explain why the BetaShares Global Gold Miners ETF – Currency Hedged ETF (ASX: MNRS) and Vanguard Global Aggregate Bond Index (Hedged) ETF (ASX: VBND) are two ASX ETFs worth taking a look at in FY21.

Some things you should know about the MNRS ETF

The BetaShares MNRS ETF provides investors with exposure to the performance of shares of the largest gold miners around the world, hedged into Australian dollars. This is a more indirect exposure to gold compared to physically-backed gold ETFs like GOLD and PMGOLD.

According to our most recent data, the MNRS ETF had $20.48 million of money invested. Given its funds under management (also known as FUM or ‘market cap’) is less than $100 million, you should consider if this ETF is still too small and if it is sustainable for the ETF issuer. At Best ETFs we say an ETF with more than $100 million invested is typically more sustainable than one with less than $100 million (at least). However, there are exceptions to this general rule, especially if the ETF issuer/provider is reputable and committed to growing the ETF’s FUM through effective marketing strategies and distribution to financial advisers.

Fees to consider

According to our numbers, the annual management fee on the MNRS ETF is 0.57%. The issuer, BetaShares, collects this fee automatically.

Meaning, if you invested $2,000 in the MNRS ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $11.40. This fee is different from the fee you pay to your brokerage provider (e.g. CommSec, NabTrade, SelfWealth, etc.), which is the fee to buy or sell the ETF. In addition to a management fee charged by the issuer, be mindful to check the ‘spread‘ for the ETF.

A fee comparison

Fees aren’t the only key consideration for ETF investors, but it’s an easy thing to do. To understand if the ETF you’re looking at is too costly, compare it with other ETFs from the same sector, and against the industry average. For example, the average management fee (MER) across all of the ETFs covered by the Best ETFs Australia team was 0.51%, which is $10.20 per $2,000 invested. Keep in mind that small changes in the fees paid can make a big difference after 10 or 20 years. You should read the MNRS Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), available on the ETF issuer’s website, because it will detail the fees, tax implications and the latest information.

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The VBND ETF – a quick look for savvy investors

The Vanguard VBND ETF provides investors with exposure to government debt and investment-grade corporate debt from developed markets around the world.

With our numbers for July 2020, VBND’s FUM stood at $169.53 million. Since the VBND’s FUM is over $100 million, our investing team would say the ETF has met our minimum criteria for the total amount invested, otherwise known as FUM. A very sustainable ETF in the Index sector should be able to scale well and become profitable for the ETF issuer.

Are the fees for the VBND ETF bad?

Vanguard, the ETF issuer, charges a yearly management fee of 0.2% for the VBND ETF. Meaning, if you invested $2,000 for a full 12-month period you could expect to pay a base management fee of around $4.00.

The management fee is above the average for all ETFs on our list of ASX ETFs, but keep in mind the ETF may be able to justify the higher price tag with superior performance over time.

The Vanguard VBND ETF might be one idea for the watchlist but before you go any further, click here to get our full ETF review – it’s free.

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