The Australian ETF industry seems to be growing faster by the day, and one of the ETFs you might have your eye is the BetaShares Legg Mason Australian Bond Fund (Managed Fund) ETF (ASX: BNDS). In this article, we’ll provide a quick review of the BNDS ETF.
The BetaShares Legg Mason BNDS Fund is an actively managed fund that aims to deliver income and maximise the investment opportunities from Australian fixed income markets.
2. Funds under management (FUM)
The BetaShares BNDS ETF had $161.64 million of money invested when we last pulled the monthly numbers. Given BNDS’s total funds under management (FUM) figure is over $100 million, the ETF has met our minimum criteria for the total amount of money invested, otherwise known as FUM. We draw the line at $100 million for ETFs in the Fixed interest – Australia sector because we believe that relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM de-risks the ETF.
3. Management fees & costs matter
BetaShares charges investors a yearly management fee of 0.42% for the BNDS ETF. This means that if you invested $2,000 in BNDS for a full year, you could expect to pay management fees of around $8.40.
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.
These are just some of the considerations or factors you would need to consider when weighing up the BNDS ETF. If you’re looking to do some further digging, be sure to read our BetaShares BNDS report – it’s free. While you’re at it, don’t forget to search our complete list of ASX ETFs. You can filter the results according to sector, issuer, size, and more.