The Vanguard MSCI International Small Companies Index ETF (ASX: VISM) could be one to watch in May and in this short article, we’ll run through arguably the three most important factors to consider when you’re reviewing an ASX ETF.
What the Vanguard VISM ETF actually does
The Vanguard VISM ETF provides investors with exposure to a diversified portfolio of small-cap companies from developed countries around the world, excluding Australia.
Below $100m in FUM
The Vanguard VISM ETF had $73.9 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. With a funds under management (FUM) or ‘market cap’ figure of less than $100 million, it’s important to consider if this ETF is still too small.
We say an ETF with more than $100 million invested is typically more sustainable than one with less than $100 million (at least). This is because if an ETF is too small, it may not be sustainable for an ETF issuer/provider, such as Vanguard, to continue to operate it.
That said, there are exceptions to this rule of thumb, especially if the ETF issuer is committed to growing the ETF’s FUM to the point where it becomes profitable.
Don’t forget VISM’s fees
Vanguard charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.32% for the VISM ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in VISM for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $6.40.
For context, the average management fee (MER) of all ETFs covered by Best ETFs Australia on our complete list of ASX ETFs is 0.5% or around $10.00 per $2,000 invested. Keep in mind, small changes in fees can make a big difference after 10 or 20 years.
What to do next
If you’re weighing up investing in the VISM ETF, keep in mind that this is just a brief introduction. Indeed, before doing anything, take a look at our free Vanguard VISM report. And while you’re at it, consider searching our complete list of ASX ETFs for similar ETFs in the International shares sector to compare your options.