What are top Australian shares ETFs for 2021? We think the iShares Core S&P/ASX 200 ETF (ASX: IOZ) and Vaneck MSCI Australian Sustainable Equity ETF (ASX: GRNV) ASX ETFs could be worthy of closer inspection. Here’s why…
Popping the hood on these 2 ETFs
The iShares IOZ ETF provides exposure to the largest 200 Australian shares, based on market capitalisation. This is a low-cost way to access top Australian companies through a single fund.
For a diversified portfolio of sustainable Australian companies, the VanEck GRNV ETF may be of interest. This ETF focuses on Australian companies that have high environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, based on MSCI ESG Research. GRNV has been certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), as part of the Responsible Investment Certification Program.
Keep learning about the GRNV ETF on our free report page. See the ASX GRNV 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 IOZ ETF has a management expense ratio (MER) of 0.09% while the GRNV ETF’s yearly fee was 0.35%.So IOZ 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 IOZ ETF had an average annual return of 7.77%. During the same time, the GRNV ETF returned 8.42%.
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In summary, the GRNV ETF ranks more positively against our internal scoring methodology but not by much compared to IOZ.
Please, keep in mind, there is much more to zeroing in on a good ETF. That’s why you should now use these skills to find the best ETF you can. If you want the name of our team’s top ETF pick for 2021, keep reading…