If you’re looking for an ASX ETF in the Australian shares sector, chances are, the Vanguard Australian Property Securities Index ETF (ASX: VAP) is an ETF you’re considering. Here’s what you need to know.
How ASX investors can use the VAP ETF
The Vanguard VAP ETF provides investors with low-cost exposure to listed Australian property companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs).
VAP meets our minimum market cap (FUM) criteria
The Vanguard VAP ETF had $1568.94 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given VAP’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 Australian shares sector because we believe that relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM de-risks the ETF.
VAP ETF fees explained
Vanguard charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.23% for the VAP ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in VAP for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $4.60.
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.
Putting it all together
If you’re weighing up investing in VAP, keep in mind that this is just a brief introduction to the ETF. To supercharge your research, take a look at our free Vanguard VAP report. Then, consider searching our complete list of ASX ETFs for similar ETFs in the Australian shares sector to compare your options.