If you've saved up $1,000 and are looking to invest right now, ASX exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could be the way to go.
ETFs essentially allow you to buy units in a fund that invests in a diversified portfolio of shares. These funds come in many forms and can be specific to a particular country, like Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (ASX: VAS), or a sector like the ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF (ASX: TECH).
So, before you commit your hard-earned cash to the share market, let's check out some of the best ASX ETFs to buy today.
Why should I buy ETFs in the first place?
ETFs are a great way to achieve instant diversification. Portfolio construction is critical but it takes time and money. If you're just looking to invest $1,000 today, this may only buy you a few shares in the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO).
However, an ETF like the Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF gives you broad exposure to the S&P/ASX 300. This ETF essentially tracks the market and means you're a passive investor.
Investing in ASX ETFs isn't for everyone and many investors prefer to select individual shares to buy. If you're a relatively new investor, however, or you like the diversification offered by ETFs, here are a couple of top funds to consider today.
Where to invest $1,000 in ASX ETFs today
I think ETFs have a place in almost any portfolio. Buying ETFs is an easy way to diversify or even target a specific sector or geography.
For instance, If you're bullish about tech, the ETFS Morningstar Global Technology ETF can top up your exposure without buying shares in each individual tech company.
VAS and TECH aside, iShares S&P 500 ETF (ASX: IVV) could be a strong buy if you're bullish about the United States. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is doing everything he can to keep the economy ticking along right now and we could see some strong gains in US markets as a result.
If you're after an all-in-one solution, the Vanguard Diversified High Growth Index ETF (ASX: VDHG) could be for you. This fund is a diversified global portfolio with a heavier weighting towards the ASX.
Either of these could be great options if you're just looking to invest $1,000 in a diversified portfolio but don't know where to start.