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Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) can be a great and easy way of increasing an ASX share portfolio’s diversification. Whilst there are many top companies on the ASX boards, the reality is that the world of investing is far more than just Australian companies. So with that in mind, here are 2 ASX ETFs that offer the opportunity for quality diversification for any ASX share portfolio today.
2 ASX ETFs for a diversified ASX share portfolio today
VanEck Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (ASX: MOAT)
This ETF from VanEck holds a concentrated portfolio of US shares that are picked by Morningstar for the quality of their ‘moat’. A moat is a concept first defined by the great Warren Buffett. It speaks to a company’s intrinsic competitive advantage. If a company possesses a significant and permanent competitive advantage over its competitors, it acts as a ‘moat’ around a castle, preventing enemies from plundering it.
At the present time, this ETF holds such companies as Google-owner Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL), Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM). Not the sort of companies available on the ASX.
This strategy of picking these ‘wide-moat companies’ seems to be working well for this ETF recently. Since its inception in 2015, MOAT has returned an average performance of 20.48% per annum. It charges a management fee of 0.49% per annum.
BetaShares Nasdaq 100 ETF (ASX: NDQ)
Another ETF to look at today is this offering from provider BetaShares. NDQ tracks the world-famous Nasdaq 100 Index over in the United States. The Nasdaq tends to house the newer, ‘cooler’ companies on the ASX.
Amongst its largest holdings, you will find the tech giants like Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Microsoft, Alphabet and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB). You’ll also get shares like PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL), Adobe Inc (NASDAQ: ADBE) and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX).
Again, the ASX 200 is very lightweight when it comes to these kinds of technology leaders. As such, this ETF could help fill that gap in an ASX-dominated share portfolio quite nicely. It’s also got some healthy performance history to back it up. Since its ASX inception in 2015, NDQ has averaged a return of 22.41% per annum. It charges a management fee of 0.48% per annum.