Vanguard VSO ETF (ASX:VSO)

The Vanguard VSO ETF provides exposure to a diversified portfolio of Australian small caps and tracks the MSCI Australian Shares Small Cap Index. This is a low-cost way to access the performance of Australian small-cap shares through a single fund.

VSO share price & data

Ticker code: VSO
Yearly fee (MER): 0.30%
FUM: $354.16 million
Monthly spread: 0.17%
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$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
$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

Prices updated using end of day data. Capital return only. FUM, fee and spread data updated monthly. Last updated: July 2020.

What does the VSO invest in?

VSO invests in Australian small caps, which offer potential long-term capital growth opportunities. You could buy all of these companies yourself using a share brokerage account, but that would be a very expensive and time-consuming process. ETFs are an effective way to invest in an entire sector through a single trade.

What do investors use VSO for?

The VSO ETF could be used by investors to get exposure to a broad basket of smaller Australian-listed companies, which are likely to grow their profits over time. Navigating away from the largest ASX companies removes a lot of the exposure to the financial sector and could diversify your Australian portfolio allocation.

VSO dividend information

Distributions

A half-yearly or ‘semi-annual’ 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 six 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’).

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We place a ‘high risk’ warning on any ETF/fund that we consider to be, as it says, higher risk. This is a label only, it is not a prediction by us about the expected performance of the ETF/fund.

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. 

Registry

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Sector Information

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