Getting exposure to the International shares sector has never been easier thanks to ASX ETFs like the iShares Edge MSCI World Minimum Volatility ETF (ASX: WVOL). That said, no matter how easy it seems to be, we think it’s still important to do your own ETF review.
How the WVOL ETF could be used in portfolios
The iShares WVOL ETF provides exposure to the performance of developed share markets that, on the whole, have lower volatility characteristics relative to the broader global developed share markets.
WVOL exceeds our minimum market cap (FUM) criteria
The iShares WVOL ETF had $111.96 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given WVOL’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.
WVOL’s fees & costs explained
iShares charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.3% for the WVOL ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in WVOL for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $6.00.
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.
This is just a quick overview of the WVOL ETF. Before ‘testing the depth of water with both feet’ so to speak, be sure to read the WVOL ETF’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), available on the iShares website, or speak to your financial adviser. For another handy resource, take a look at our iShares WVOL report. You can also 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.