If you’re on the hunt for exposure to the International shares sector, it could be worth adding the Vanguard Global Multi-Factor Active ETF (Managed Fund) ETF (ASX: VGMF) to your ASX watchlist. Let’s take a closer look at this Vanguard ETF.
What is the VGMF ETF used for?
The Vanguard VGMF Fund is an actively-managed ETF providing investors with exposure to a portfolio of global companies selected using a rules-based, quantitative approach.
Keep an eye on FUM
The Vanguard VGMF ETF had $17.24 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. With a funds under management (FUM) or ‘market cap’ figure of less than $100 million, it’s important to consider if this ETF is still too small.
We say an ETF with more than $100 million invested is typically more sustainable than one with less than $100 million (at least). This is because if an ETF is too small, it may not be sustainable for an ETF issuer/provider, such as Vanguard, to continue to operate it.
That said, there are exceptions to this rule of thumb, especially if the ETF issuer is committed to growing the ETF’s FUM to the point where it becomes profitable.
Fees and costs for investors
Vanguard charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.33% for the VGMF ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in VGMF for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $6.60.
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.
These are just some of the considerations or factors you would need to look at when weighing up the VGMF ETF. Before doing anything, take a look at our Vanguard VGMF report – it’s free. While you’re at it, don’t forget to search our complete list of ASX ETFs.