Blockchain, VWRA, VOO, UCITs & More: New ETFs Added To Syfe Select

Investing in ETFs has never been easier with Syfe Select. With over 100 ETFs available, the choice is yours when it comes to building your custom portfolio.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the addition of six new ETFs to our lineup. Since the launch of Syfe Select a month ago, many customers have been requesting for more Vanguard ETFs as well as funds related to cryptocurrencies. We’ve listened to your feedback and updated our ETF universe to include the following:

  • Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK
  • Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)
  • Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF (VWRA)
  • Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS)
  • Vanguard Growth Index Fund ETF (VUG)
  • iShares Core MSCI Emerging Market IMI UCITS ETF (EIMI)

Here’s a detailed look at these ETFs to start you off on your research.

Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) 

BLOK is the largest blockchain ETF on the market, with over US$1.2 billion in assets under management. BLOK is actively managed and currently invests in 47 companies involved in blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Buying actual Bitcoin and other digital currencies can be fraught with risks and volatility. BLOK is an indirect way to access crypto assets in a safer manner. It invests broadly in blockchain technology, while still offering exposure to cryptocurrencies.

Top holdings include Hut 8 Mining, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency miners, and Coinbase, a crypto exchange platform. BLOK also holds Paypal and Square within its portfolio as both provide services that let customers buy and sell Bitcoin. MicroStrategy, the second-largest holding within BLOK, has made bitcoin acquisition a key mandate. As such, it serves as a Bitcoin proxy investment for many investors.

The ETF has an expense ratio of 0.71%. View more details here.

Vanguard FTSE All-World UCITS ETF (VWRA)

VWRA is a hugely popular ETF by Vanguard. It aims to replicate the performance of the FTSE All-World Index, and holds around 3,600 large- and mid-cap stocks from developed and emerging markets.

Top holdings include Apple, Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and JPMorgan Chase.

In essence, it is a low-cost, globally diversified ETF that lets you own the entire global stock market. 

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Additionally, VWRA is a UCITs ETF that’s domiciled in Ireland. With UCITs funds, investors avoid the 30% dividend withholding tax that comes with US-domiciled funds. Instead, there’s only a 15% dividend withholding tax that’s levied. 

It has an expense ratio of 0.22%. View more details here

Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

VOO is one of the largest and most popular S&P 500 ETFs. As the name suggests, it tracks the S&P 500 and includes all the stocks within the index, such as Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla and many more.

VOO is offered by Vanguard, which has made a name for itself as a low cost fund provider. So far this year, investors have poured US$41.1 billion into VOO – the biggest annual inflow for an ETF since 2008. 

One reason is that VOO has an expense ratio of just 0.03%. Its closest competitor, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), has an expense ratio of 0.09%. 

Investors looking for S&P 500 exposure via Syfe Select now have two options: VOO or iShares Core S&P 500 UCITs ETF (CSPX). While VOO, which is US-domiciled, offers a lower expense ratio, CSPX provides a more efficient dividend withholding tax treatment, albeit with a slightly higher expense ratio of 0.07%.

View more details here

All Vanguard ETFs now available on Syfe Select

Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (VXUS)

VXUS is similar to VWRA in that it provides broad exposure to developed and emerging stock markets. However VXUS only holds companies located outside the US. 

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For investors with significant exposure to US stocks through their other investments, VXUS enhances their global diversification by providing exposure to regions like Europe, emerging markets and Asia.

This is reflected in the top holdings within VXUS, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Tencent, Nestle, Toyota, Roche and Novartis. VXUS holds 7,621 stocks in all.

VXUS has a low expense ratio of 0.08%. View more details here.

Vanguard Growth Index Fund ETF (VUG)

VUG is a growth ETF that holds stocks of companies that are expected to grow at a faster-than-average pace. 

Growth stocks can be a valuable addition for long-term investors. They tend to offer better profit potential since they’re still in the early stages of their life cycle, and faster capital appreciation compared to dividend stocks.

The top holdings of VUG include large-cap growth companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla and Nvidia. With 285 holdings in all, VUG provides a good amount of diversification, although roughly 75% of its stock holdings are from the tech and consumer discretionary industries.

VUG has a low expense ratio of 0.04%. View more details here.

iShares Core MSCI Emerging Market IMI UCITS ETF (EIMI)

The emerging markets (EM) have long been popular with investors. In fact, Syfe Select already offers several EM options such as the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), iShares J.P. Morgan EM Corporate Bond ETF (CEMB), and iShares ESG Aware MSCI EM ETF (ESGE).

With the addition of EIMI, investors looking for EM exposure now have a UCITs option for more efficient dividend withholding tax treatment. Dividends will only incur a withholding tax of 15% compared to 30% for US-domiciled funds.

Moreover, EIMI provides more comprehensive EM exposure. It invests in over 3,000 large-, mid- and small-cap emerging markets companies. The benefit of this is that investors don’t miss out on potential growth opportunities that may arise from often overlooked smaller companies. 

Comparatively, EEM is only invested in around 800 large- and mid-cap emerging market stocks.

Top holdings of EIMI include Taiwan’s Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, China’s Tencent and Meituan, India’s Reliance Industries, and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics.

EIMI has an expense ratio of 0.18%. View more details here

How to use Syfe Select

Want to start investing in these ETFs? You can do so using Syfe Select for a fuss-free experience. 

Simply search for these ETFs using their ticker symbol and add them to your portfolio. Once you’ve confirmed your portfolio, we’ll invest your money in these ETFs automatically. There are no brokerage fees involved and dividends are reinvested for you at no extra charge.

Learn more about Syfe Select or click here to view the full list of available ETFs.

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