Very cool tool from ETF Database that allows you to select the least expensive way to express nearly any sector or style investment, with both lowest internal expense ratio and the median cost in that particular space.

(Let me know if they missed any and I will inform ETF Database of the omission)

Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective
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Hat tip Josh

Category: ETFs, Investing, Valuation

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6 Responses to “Cheapest ETFs for Any Investment Objective”

  1. VennData says:

    Whose got the cheapest Global non-US Small Cap Value?

  2. wally says:

    A good tool.
    Note, also, that some brokerages allow no-transaction-fee purchases of some ETFs, which will make a difference if you purchase small lots frequently.

  3. clove says:

    This looks like it has promise.

    However, according to this tool, the cheapest way to invest in Australia is the New Zealand Dollar. When the bugs are worked out, this will be very handy.

  4. rd says:

    They seem to have lumped World ex Us and Total World inc US funds together under Global which doesn’t seem to be correct as they are quite different animals. Global usually implies like the whole globe while International usually means not US.

  5. Okay, I’ll bite on this, because I can see they missed a few opportunities to really do this right…

    First, I must protest that the database fails to point out ties when expense ratios are equal. For instance, the “Small Cap” link points to a Schwab fund with a 0.1% expense ratio, while Vanguard’s fund VB is also 0.1%. An unbiased resource ought to make investors aware of all equal-priced options. (For instance, VB has both higher share volume and higher dollar volume, so it’s more liquid than SCHA, and VB also trades commission-free in a Vanguard account, making it cheaper overall for Vanguard customers. And if one wants to go further that way, IWM might well be cheaper for many folks despite the 0.2% expense ratio, since its trading spreads are narrower…)

    Second, it’s too bad that many categories of ETFs are not listed, but are relevant to many investors –especially in the aggregate. It would be really cool if you could click on a category like, say, “Small Cap” and then get a list of (a) the 5 cheapest small-cap ETFs in order by expense ratio, with avg. daily volume also shown, plus (b) links to the lists of the cheapest subspecialty funds. Because Small Cap isn’t just Small Cap Blend, there’s small cap growth (VBK 0.1%), small-cap value (VBR 0.1%) etc.

    Similarly, I think it’s an omission that very nearly every sector in the “Bonds” list fails to consider that investors might want options for short vs. long term ends of the market. The long end of the yield curve is volatile and has interest rate risk, but also actually has yield, giving it very different investment characteristics from the other end. TIPS should have long vs short duration vs. generic funds, Treasuries isn’t just “long vs short”, there used to be these market darlings known as Intermediate Treasury funds … and a host of other “missing categories”.

    Here’s my vote for the “Missing In Action” fund category of the decade: Nonfinancial Corporate Bond funds. I don’t know of any funds here, but I’d be a customer if anyone produced such a fund. I’m reluctant to lend more to any government or to any financial institution, but I’d like to invest in intermediate term, investment-grade bonds of the companies that actually comprise the productive portion of the economy. And I don’t think I’m alone!!

  6. digistar says:

    Very interesting. Will be even better when it gets upgraded to add/fix things like those mentioned above.

    Is there a similar tool for mutual funds?