Don’t you wonder if now is the time to start analysing the BetaShares Australian Government Bond ETF (ASX: AGVT) and iShares Treasury ETF (ASX: IGB)? These Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) operate in the Fixed interest – Australia sector, a key sector for diversified portfolios.
Is the AGVT ETF a good investment? Here’s where you start…
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.
According to our most recent data, the AGVT ETF had $80.02 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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A quick take of the IGB ETF
The iShares IGB ETF provides investors with diversified access to Australian government bonds with a broad range of maturities. This is a relatively low-cost way to get exposure to Australian Treasury bonds in a single fund.
With our numbers for December 2020, IGB’s FUM stood at $109.83 million. Since the IGB’s FUM is over $100 million, our investing team would say the ETF has met our minimum criteria for the total amount invested, otherwise known as FUM. A very sustainable ETF in the Index sector should be able to scale well and become profitable for the ETF issuer.
Are the fees for the IGB ETF bad?
iShares, the ETF issuer, charges a yearly management fee of 0.18% for the IGB ETF. Meaning, if you invested $2,000 for a full 12-month period you could expect to pay a base management fee of around $3.60.
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.
Did you know: you can get our full ETF review of IGB by clicking here?