Why do investors own the Betashares S&P/ASX 200 Financials Sector ETF?
The BetaShares QFN ETF is a more unique ETF that invests in financial companies from within the ASX 200, while excluding A-REITs. This ETF has a substantial exposure to the ‘Big 4’ Australian banks.
According to our most recent data, the QFN ETF had $13.43 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 QFN ETF is 0.39%. The issuer, Betashares, collects this fee automatically.
Meaning, if you invested $2,000 in the QFN ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $7.80. 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 QFN 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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SPDR S&P Global Dividend Fund ETF
WDIV invests in shares of global companies that have a strong track record for paying dividends to their investors (i.e. they have paid a dividend for at least 10 years in a row).
With our numbers for July 2020, WDIV’s FUM stood at $241.97 million. Since the WDIV’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 Yield/income sector should be able to scale well and become profitable for the ETF issuer.
Are the fees for the WDIV ETF bad?
SPDR, the ETF issuer, charges a yearly management fee of 0.5% for the WDIV ETF. Meaning, if you invested $2,000 for a full 12-month period you could expect to pay a base management fee of around $10.00.
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.
To discover more facts about the QFN ETF, read our free ETF investment report.
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