Vanguard Ethically Conscious Australian Shares ETF (ASX: VETH)

The VETH ETF tracks the FTSE Australia 300 Choice Index and attempts to provide low-cost exposure to Australian shares, with an ethical filtering process to exclude shares of companies from particular industries and those which have demonstrated ‘severe controversies’.

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VETH ETF data

Ticker code: VETH
Yearly fee (MER): 0.16%
FUM: $11.65 million
Monthly spread: 0.22%

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$42.50
$25.00
$27.50
$30.00
$32.50
$35.00
$37.50
$40.00
$42.50
$25.00
$27.50
$30.00
$32.50
$35.00
$37.50
$40.00
$42.50
$25.00
$27.50
$30.00
$32.50
$35.00
$37.50
$40.00
$42.50
Range: 1 mth | 3 mths | 6 mths | 1 yr | 2 yrs | 5 yrs | 10 yrs

ETF share prices are updated using end of day data from the ASX. FUM, fee and spread data is updated monthly, with a delay of up to 6 weeks. Refer to the ETF's PDS and the ASX website for up-to-date information.

What does the VETH invest in?

The VETH ETF invests in Australian shares but will exclude shares of companies which do a “significant” amount of business involving fossil fuels, nuclear power, weapons, alcohol and tobacco, gambling, weapons, adult entertainment, as well as those with a record of ‘severe controversies’. The ETF also adds a diversification component which means it won’t invest 5% more or less than the ‘non-ethical’ version of the FTSE Australia 300 Index. In our opinion, this diversification filter attempts to ensure the VETH closely resembles a ‘normal’ or ‘non-ethical’ version of an Australian shares index ETF.

What do investors use VETH for?

Investors could use the VETH ETF to get exposure to Australian shares, in a similar way to the Vanguard Australian Shares ETF (ASX: VAF), but with an ethical ‘overlay’ or ‘screen’ to avoid certain companies which might exhibit ‘unethical’ or ‘unsustainable’ tendendancies.

VETH dividend information

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Distributions

A quarterly distribution means the ETF or managed fund expects to return income (generated by the fund) or excess capital gains back to you, the investor, every three months.

DRP Status

A full Distribution Reinvestment Plan (DRP) means the ETF or managed fund allows you, the investor, to take all of your monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly distributions as new units in the ETF/fund. 

Fund Issuer

Vanguard Australia is one of Australia’s largest ETF providers, both by number of ETFs and total money invested (called ‘funds under management’).

Warnings we apply to the VETH ETF

The following warnings are applied by our ETF research team. Please know that these warnings are based on quantitative metrics and our internal methodology. These risks are not exhaustive and therefore they should not be relied upon. Always read the PDS of the function and speak to your financial adviser before acting on this information.

When an ETF does not have a sufficiently long track record — typically, we consider this to be at least 3 years — the ETF could be at a higher risk of being closed down (if it doesn’t grow), and the historical performance and returns (if any) cannot be relied upon.

Tax Domicile

When a fund/ETF has a “domicile” of Australia it means it is a registered fund in Australia for tax purposes. This means investors who buy into this fund or ETF, and are Australian residents for tax purposes, will be subject to Australian taxes and regulation. 

VETH Registry

Computershare is not only the largest share registry in Australia but also the world. The company was founded in 1978 as one of Melbourne’s first start-up technology companies, initially providing computer services to businesses.

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