If you’re considering getting exposure to the International shares sector, the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF (ASX: GDX) might be one ASX ETF to watch in December.
How the GDX ETF fits into an ASX portfolio
The VanEck GDX ETF gives investors exposure to companies from around the world which are involved primarily in gold mining.
GDX meets our minimum level for FUM
The VanEck GDX ETF had $401.8 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given GDX’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 de-risks the ETF.
What about management fees and costs?
VanEck charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.53% for the GDX ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in GDX for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $10.60.
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.
Before buying any ETF based on what you read here on Best ETFs, check out our VanEck GDX report – it’s completely free! Then, search our complete list of ASX ETFs to do a proper side-by-side comparison of your chosen sector or thematic.