Australian ETFs on watch: SPDR SLF & Vanguard VVLU

On the ASX, the SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Listed Property Fund ETF (ASX: SLF) and Vanguard Global Value Equity Active ETF (Managed Fund) ETF (ASX: VVLU) are two ASX ETFs worthy of closer inspection.

What the SPDR SLF ETF does for investors

The SLF ETF by SPDR invests in shares/securities of listed real estate investment trusts (REITs). Investors can use these property-focused ETFs to get exposure to a broad basket of trusts and companies exposed to property, including office spaces, commercial rental spaces and construction projects.

According to our most recent data, the SLF ETF had $588.51 million of money invested. With SLF’s total funds under management (FUM) figure over $100 million, the ETF meets our team’s minimum investment criteria for FUM levels. As a general rule, our team draws the line at $100 million for ETFs in the Australian shares sector because we believe that, relative to smaller ETFs, achieving this amount of FUM lowers the chance that the ETF issuer will close the ETF.

Fees to consider

According to our numbers, the annual management fee on the SLF ETF is .4%. The issuer, SPDR, collects this fee automatically.

Meaning, if you invested $2,000 in the SLF ETF for a full year you could expect to pay management fees of around $8.00. This fee is different from the fee you pay to your brokerage provider (e.g. CommSec, NabTrade, SelfWealth, etc.), which is the fee to buy or sell the ETF. In addition to a management fee charged by the issuer, be mindful to check the ‘spread‘ for the ETF.

A fee comparison

Fees aren’t the only key consideration for ETF investors, but it’s an easy thing to do. To understand if the ETF you’re looking at is too costly, compare it with other ETFs from the same sector, and against the industry average. For example, the average management fee (MER) across all of the ETFs covered by the Best ETFs Australia team was 0.5%, which is $10.00 per $2,000 invested. Keep in mind that small changes in the fees paid can make a big difference after 10 or 20 years. You should read the SLF Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), available on the ETF issuer’s website, because it will detail the fees, tax implications and the latest information.

Side note: did you know you can access our full review of the SLF ETF by clicking here?

What does the Vanguard VVLU ETF do?

The Vanguard VVLU Fund is an actively-managed ETF which invests in small, mid and large-cap companies across global equity markets, focusing on companies which have low prices relative to fundamental measures of value.

With our numbers for July 2022, VVLU’s FUM stood at $567.88 million. Since the VVLU’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 Value sector should be able to scale well and become profitable for the ETF issuer.

A look at the VVLU ETF fee load?

Vanguard, the ETF issuer, charges a yearly management fee of 0.29% for the VVLU ETF. Meaning, if you invest $2,000 for a full year from now you can expect to pay a management fee of around $5.80.

This management fee is below the average for all ETFs on our Best ETFs Australia list of ETFs. However, you might still be able to find a cheaper ETF for less.

If you want to learn more about the VVLU ETF, you should know that you can access our free investment report.

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