What are top Australian shares ETFs for 2021? We think the Vanguard MSCI Australian Small Companies Index ETF (ASX: VSO) and Vaneck Australian Resources ETF (ASX: MVR) ASX ETFs could be worthy of closer inspection. Here’s why…
Popping the hood on these 2 ETFs
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.
The VanEck MVR ETF provides focused exposure to the Australian resources sector, which is a significant part of the Australian economy. This is a low-cost way to invest in the Australian resources industry through a single fund.
Keep learning about the MVR ETF on our free report page. See the ASX MVR review.
In addition to using our years of experience analysing ETFs, there are simple tricks any investor can use to compare similar ETFs.
The first is fees. Our team uses quant methods to score ETFs based on its fees and costs, then we slice and dice across sectors, strategy types and providers.
We’ll keep it basic and just study the fees. Based on our data for December 2020, the VSO ETF has a management expense ratio (MER) of 0.30% while the MVR ETF’s yearly fee was 0.35%.So VSO comes out on top. That said, a more useful metric to know is the fee quartiles that these ETFs find themselves in (note: quartile 1 is best). For example, any ETF which has a fee below 0.3% would be considered in our first (best) quartile.
As Jerry Maguire said, ‘show me the money’. Keep in mind, performance isn’t everything — and past performance is not indicative of future performance. It’s just one part of a much bigger picture. The reason we say performance is not everything is because of volatility of financial markets and the economy from one year to the next. Some ETFs and funds can put in a positive return one year just to generate inferior returns the next time around. That’s why we prefer three-year or seven-year track records over one-year track records. It can smooth out the temporary performances caused by external factors. Both ETFs have achieved our three-year performance hurdle. As of December 2020, the VSO ETF had an average annual return of 9.50%. During the same time, the MVR ETF returned 11.09%.
Too long, didn’t read (TL;DR)
For us, the VSO ETF ranks fairly better for our internal scoring methodology but not by much.
We hope this article helped you analyse ETFs. Don’t forget, there’s a lot more to investing well than what we just outlined (risks, diversification, other potentially better ETFs, etc.). Our analyst team at Rask Australia spends months looking at new ASX investments (it’s our day job!). To make your life easier, you can get the name of our team’s top ETF pick for 2021 in a free report. Keep reading to find out how to get our analyst’s report emailed to you right now…