Now could be an opportune time to run the rule over the VanEck Vectors Australian Property ETF (ASX: MVA) and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 ETF (ASX: STW). Using our internal quantitative analysis, these ETFs appear to offer attractive exposure to the Australian shares sector.
Getting to know the STW and MVA ETFs
The VanEck MVA ETF provides investors with exposure to the Australian property market by investing in a portfolio of ASX-listed property companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs).
The SPDR STW ETF is Australia’s first ETF and has been operating for over 15 years. STW 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.
Note: you can continue learning about the STW ETF on our report page. ASX STW report.
To make this article easier to digest, we’ll just study the fees or ‘management expense ratio’ (MER). Using data for July 2021, the MVA ETF has an MER of 0.35% while the STW ETF had a yearly fee of 0.13%. So, STW wins on this metric. Keep in mind, a more useful metric to know is the fee quartiles that these ETFs find themselves in (note: quartile 1 is best). Meaning, we take all the Australian shares ETFs in our database and classify them into 4 quartiles, based on their fees. For example, any ETF which has a fee below 0.3% would be considered in our first (best) quartile.
How we study past performance
Time to look at past returns. 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 attractive return one year just to generate unsatisfactory 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 July 2021, the MVA ETF had an average annual return of 8.35%. During the same time, the STW ETF returned 10.68%.
Best ETFs Takeaway
In summary, the MVA ETF rates higher for our internal scoring methodology but not by much compared to STW.
Please, keep in mind, there is much more to choosing 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…