The SPDR S&P Emerging Markets Fund ETF (ASX: WEMG) could be one to watch in February and in this short article, we’ll run through arguably the three most important factors to consider when you’re reviewing an ASX ETF.
What the SPDR WEMG ETF actually does
WEMG invests in shares of medium and large companies listed on stock markets from approximately 20 emerging markets.
Below $100m in FUM
The SPDR WEMG ETF had $20.79 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 SPDR, 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.
Don’t forget WEMG’s fees
SPDR charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.65% for the WEMG ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in WEMG for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $13.00.
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.
What to do next
If you’re weighing up investing in the WEMG ETF, keep in mind that this is just a brief introduction. Indeed, before doing anything, take a look at our free SPDR WEMG report. And while you’re at it, consider searching our complete list of ASX ETFs for similar ETFs in the International shares sector to compare your options.