Why do investors own the Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index ETF?
The Vanguard VSO ETF provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of Australian small caps and tracks the MSCI Australian Shares Small Cap Index. This is a low-cost way to access the performance of Australian small-cap shares through a single fund.
According to our most recent data, the VSO ETF had $464.55 million of money invested. With VSO’s total funds under management (FUM) figure over $100 million, the ETF meets our team’s minimum investment criteria for FUM levels. As a general rule, our team draws 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 lowers the chance that the ETF issuer will close the ETF.
Fees to consider
According to our numbers, the annual management fee on the VSO ETF is 0.30%. The issuer, Vanguard, collects this fee automatically.
Meaning, if you invested $2,000 in the VSO ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $6.00. This fee is different from the fee you pay to your brokerage provider (e.g. CommSec, NabTrade, SelfWealth, etc.), which is the fee to buy or sell the ETF. In addition to a management fee charged by the issuer, be mindful to check the ‘spread‘ for the ETF.
A fee comparison
Fees aren’t the only key consideration for ETF investors, but it’s an easy thing to do. To understand if the ETF you’re looking at is too costly, compare it with other ETFs from the same sector, and against the industry average. For example, the average management fee (MER) across all of the ETFs covered by the Best ETFs Australia team was 0.5%, which is $10.00 per $2,000 invested. Keep in mind that small changes in the fees paid can make a big difference after 10 or 20 years. You should read the VSO Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), available on the ETF issuer’s website, because it will detail the fees, tax implications and the latest information.
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ETF Securities Physical Palladium ETF
The ETFS ETPMPM ETF provides investors with access to the precious metal of palladium, by seeking to achieve a return equivalent to the movements in the palladium spot price, before fees and expenses. Palladium comes from the same family of metals as platinum and is used in many electronic and industrial products, particularly in the automotive industry.
With our numbers for December 2020, ETPMPD’s FUM stood at $9 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 ETPMPD ETF bad?
ETF Securities, the ETF issuer, charges a yearly management fee of 0.49% for the ETPMPD ETF. Meaning, if you invested $2,000 for a full 12-month period you could expect to pay a base management fee of around $9.80.
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.
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