In this article, we’ll try to explain why the SPDR S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Fund ETF (ASX: SSO) and BetaShares Australian Government Bond ETF (ASX: AGVT) are two ASX ETFs worth taking a look at in FY21.
Some things you should know about the SSO ETF
The SPDR SSO ETF provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of Australian companies and tracks the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Index. SSO is designed to capture the performance of the top 200 Australian small companies based on market cap, ranking from 101 to 300.
According to our most recent data, the SSO ETF had $25.3 million of money invested. Given its funds under management (also known as FUM or ‘market cap’) is less than $100 million, you should consider if this ETF is still too small and if it is sustainable for the ETF issuer. At Best ETFs we say an ETF with more than $100 million invested is typically more sustainable than one with less than $100 million (at least). However, there are exceptions to this general rule, especially if the ETF issuer/provider is reputable and committed to growing the ETF’s FUM through effective marketing strategies and distribution to financial advisers.
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The AGVT ETF – a quick look for savvy investors
The BetaShares AGVT ETF provides investors with exposure to a portfolio of high-quality bonds issued by Australian federal and state governments, supranational banks and sovereign agencies.
With our numbers for Dec 2020, AGVT’s FUM stood at $80.02 million. Given it has less than $100 million invested, ask yourself (or your adviser) if the ETF is still too small (and if you should wait to buy into it). If you’re concerned the ETF might not be established enough, compare it alongside one of the other Index sector ETFs, using our full list of ETFs.
Are the fees for the AGVT ETF bad?
BetaShares, the ETF issuer, charges a yearly management fee of 0.22% for the AGVT ETF. Meaning, if you invested $2,000 for a full 12-month period you could expect to pay a base management fee of around $4.40.
The management fee is above the average for all ETFs on our list of ASX ETFs, but keep in mind the ETF may be able to justify the higher price tag with superior performance over time.
The BetaShares AGVT ETF might be one idea for the watchlist but before you go any further, click here to get our full ETF review – it’s free.