BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (ASX: A200) is an exchange traded fund incorporated in Australia. The Fund is designed to track the performance of the Solactive Australia 200 Index, before considering fees and expenses. The Index is designed to provide exposure to 200 of the largest companies listed on the ASX, based on their free float-adjusted market capitalisation.
In terms of the benefits, this ETF is Low cost i.e., the management costs of 0.07% p.a., makes it the lowest cost Australian shares ETF available on the ASX. This instrument provides the needed portfolio diversification i.e., In a single ASX trade, investors gain exposure to the largest 200 companies listed on the ASX. The mechanism is quite transparent with the portfolio holdings, value of Fund’s assets and net asset value per unit available daily on the fund’s website. The fund provides the needed liquidity as in, it is available to trade on ASX like any share. The fund holds physical securities of the companies that comprise the index and no derivatives are used for index tracking.
The company has come up with an update on the performance of the A200 ETF as on 28 February 2019. As per the same, the fund has an allocation towards the financials @32.50%, materials @ 19.20%, healthcare @ 8.30%, industrials @ 7.90%, real estate @7.30%, consumer discretionary @ 6%, energy @ 6%, consumer staples @ 5%, communication services @ 3.4%, Information Technology @ 2.3%, and Utilities @ 2.1% of the portfolio
The top ten stocks in which the fund had major exposures were Commonwealth Bank @ 7.90%, BHP @7.20%, Westpac Banking Corporation @ 5.6%, CSL Ltd @ 5.30%, ANZ @ 4.90%, NAB Ltd @ 4.2%, Macquarie Group Ltd @ 2.50%, Woolsworth group Ltd @ 2.30%, Wesfarmers Ltd @ 2.30% and Telstra Corp @ 2.20% of the total portfolio.
In terms of the returns the fund has marginally underperformed the index with a return of 5.93% over the last month as compared to the 5.94% delivered by the index. Also, the return over last 3 months was 9.91% which was less than the index returns of 9.96%. Also, since inception the fund has marginally underperformed with returns @5.36% vis-à-vis the return of 5.44% provided by the index over the same period.
On the price-performance front, the fund has posted the YTD return of 11.99%. The company also has posted returns of 0.86%, 9.52% & 2.55% over the past six, three & one-month period respectively. At the time of writing (As on 14 March 2019), the fund A200 is trading at a price of $104.060, up 0.135% during the day’s trade. The fund opened the day at $ 104.330, which was also the day’s high and touched the day’s low of $ 103.920, with an average daily volume of ~ 2,140. It had a 52-week high price of $ 106.640 and a 52 weeks low price of $ 90.600, with an average volume of, 12,932 approximately.
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