Australian and ASX-listed ETFs like the iShares IGB ETF (ASX: IGB) are gaining more attention than ever because of how easy they make it for investors to get exposure to the Fixed interest – Australia sector. Here’s a quick review of the IGB ETF.
What does the IGB ETF do for a diversified portfolio?
The iShares IGB ETF provides investors with diversified access to Australian government bonds with a broad range of maturities. This is a relatively low-cost way to get exposure to Australian Treasury bonds in a single fund.
How big is the iShares IGB ETF?
The iShares IGB ETF had $107.86 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given IGB’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 Fixed interest – Australia sector because we believe that relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM de-risks the ETF.
IGB ETF fees reviewed
iShares charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.18% for the IGB ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in IGB for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $3.60.
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.
Even if you like what you see, before diving straight into buying the IGB ETF, please read the ETF’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). Also, be sure to take a look at our iShares IGB report for a more comprehensive overview of this ETF. While you’re on our website, use our complete list of ASX ETFs to search for a few different ETFs in the sector and conduct a side-by-side comparison using everything you’ve learned here.